The College of West Anglia

Travelling to college

It’s easy to get to and from college, as all three of our campuses are well-serviced by local bus services, with King’s Lynn campus also being a short walk from the train station. We also have limited car parking and bicycle shelters at each site.

Car parking

The college has limited parking on all three campuses and our sports campus at Lynnsport. Parking is by permit only; these are available from student services from the start of each academic year.

Bicycle shelters

The college provides compounds for cyclists to secure their bikes at all three campuses.

Public transport

The college works in conjunction with local county councils to operate various bus routes to and from each campus to cater for full-time students. King’s Lynn campus is also a short walk from the train station. The following useful web sites can provide further information on train and bus services:

Traveline
Busforus
First Capital Connect
National Rail

Subsidised public transport for 16-18 year olds

Students aged 16-18 who are studying a full-time course may be eligible for subsidised transport through their county council. Eligibility will depend on which county council you need to apply to, which campus you will be studying at and which course you have chosen. Many students will be able to get financial help towards some, or even the full cost, of their county transport pass via our Learner Support Fund.

Please choose your campus to see further information:

King's Lynn Campus & Sports Campus

If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2016 and live more than 3 miles from the King’s Lynn campus you can apply to your local county council for transport.

The county councils operate various bus routes covering towns such as Downham Market, Swaffham, Fakenham, Hunstanton, Wisbech, March, Sutton Bridge and Dereham. However, the availability of subsidised transport will depend on your local county’s transport policy and the course which you choose.

If a course is available at both King’s Lynn and Isle campus you must select the campus nearest to your home address (or, for Norfolk students, one which has a core transport route to that campus) as county councils will only provide transport to your nearest appropriate campus. If you do decide to study at an alternative campus, you will not be eligible for subsidised transport.

If you live in Norfolk and can get to one of the core bus routes to the King’s Lynn campus (as defined by Norfolk County Council), you can apply to Norfolk County Council for a subsidised bus pass.

If you live in Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire we advise you check with your relevant county council at the earliest possible opportunity to find out if you are eligible for a subsidised bus pass.

Each county council charges an annual fee (sometimes payable by term) for the subsidised bus pass. Some offer further reductions to students from families on low incomes or in receipt of certain benefits. Details are published on the individual county council websites below.

Wisbech Campus

If you are aged 16 to 18 on 31st August 2016, live in Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire and more than three miles from the Wisbech campus, you can apply to your local county council for transport.

The county councils operate various core bus routes to the Isle campus covering towns such as March, Chatteris, Whittlesey, Parson Drove, Sutton Bridge, Upwell and Outwell. However, the availability of subsidised transport will depend on your local county's transport policy and the course which you choose.

Norfolk County Council generally offers subsidised transport to the King's Lynn campus only. However, if you live in the Outwell, Upwell, Emneth area, you can apply for a subsidised bus pass. If you live in elsewhere in Norfolk and wish to study a specialist course at the Isle campus (e.g. fashion or motor sport) which is not available at the King's Lynn campus, you will need to make your own travel arrangements.

Students living in Peterborough studying for a specialist course (e.g. fashion, motor sport or foundation art) at the Isle campus can also apply for a subsidy towards the cost of travel via the Learner Support Fund.

We would advise all students to contact their county councils as soon as possible to check their eligibility for subsidised transport.

Each county council charges an annual fee (sometimes payable by term) for the subsidised bus pass. Some offer further reductions to students from families on low incomes or in receipt of certain benefits. Details are published on the individual county council websites below.

Cambridge Campus

If you are aged 16 to 18 on 31st August 2016 and live in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Hertfordshire or Lincolnshire you may be able to apply for a subsidised bus pass from your local county council to get to college. We advise you check with the relevant county council at the earliest possible opportunity to find out if you are eligible.

Norfolk County Council does not, unfortunately, offer subsidised transport to the Cambridge campus so you will not be able to apply for a bus pass. There is a regular train service from King’s Lynn to Waterbeach station, with stops at Watlington, Downham Market, Littleport and Ely .

The college operates a free shuttle bus service from Waterbeach railway station to and from the campus at the start and end of the normal college day; for more information and to apply, please click here. Train fares vary, depending on station of origin and ticket type - full details are available from National Rail or from your local station.

From Cambridge city centre students can catch the Stagecoach number 9 bus (Cambridge to Chatteris), which picks up from bay 6 at Drummer Street. This then stops at Humphries Way in Milton, a 3 minute walk away from the Cambridge campus.

Each county council charges an annual fee (sometimes payable by term) for the subsidised bus pass. Some offer further reductions to students from families on low incomes or in receipt of certain benefits. Details are published on the individual county council websites below.

Frequently asked questions

I've been awarded financial support; do I need to pay for my travel pass?

If you have been awarded financial support and aged 16-18, we will be able to fund your bus pass if you apply to your local county council. During the travel pass application form, you should have the option to mention that college will fund your application.

This is currently not the case on Cambridgeshire County Council’s online application form. Once we’ve assessed your financial support application, we will include a paper application from them with your award letter.

I haven't received my bus pass yet, what should I do?

If you haven’t received your bus pass by the week before you start your course, we recommend that you contact your local county council and ask this question as the answer may differ from bus to bus. Normally, the bus companies are more lenient with bus passes during the first couple weeks and understand that you may not have received your pass yet.

Where do I get on and get off the bus?

When you receive your bus pass, you should be provided with information on where you will get your bus. If you have not received this information, please contact your local county council. Please note that not all buses come on campus.

I've been rejected for a travel pass by my county council, what do I do?

We understand that there is the small chance that the council might reject your travel application for many different reasons. The council should have informed you on your next step and how to appeal the decision.

If you live in Norfolk and are planning on attending our King’s Lynn or Sport campus, your travel application may be rejected if you are not attending your nearest education institution or you live outside of a core route. If your application has been rejected, we recommend that you look at Traveline to find an alternative route. Depending on your location, you may be able to purchase a pass from a local provider (Stagecoach, First, LynxBus or KonectBus).

Norfolk County Council rarely provide pass to students who are travelling from Norfolk (apart from the Upwell, Outwell & Three Holes area) to either of our colleges in Cambridgeshire. We recommend that you look at Traveline to find an alternative. If you are travelling from King’s Lynn or Downham Market to Wisbech, you can contact Stagecoach to arrange a bus pass with them.

If you live in Cambridgeshire, your application may be declined if you are not attending your nearest institution. You will have the opportunity to apply for a ‘spare-seat’ on a bus. This will cost slightly more than a normal travel pass and you will be required to travel to your nearest pick-up point. The spare seats are provided on a first come, first served basis so we would recommend that you apply straight away. Unfortunately, the council are unable to let you know whether your spare seat application will be successful until the week before the start of the course. To apply for a spare seat, please contact Cambridgeshire’s Education Transport team on 0345 045 5208.

If you live in Lincolnshire and your application is rejected, we recommend that you look at Traveline to find an alternative route. If you live in Holbeach, Spalding, Long Sutton or Sutton Bridge, you can contact Stagecoach to arrange a bus pass with them.

If you are entitled to financial support and have received your award letter, please contact us on 01553 815271 before looking at alternatives for your travel as we will still be able to provide you with a contribution to your travel or potentially order a travel pass on your behalf.

Local Authorities

Cambridgeshire:
Website: click here to view
Email: edtransport@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 0345 045 5208

Lincolnshire:
Website: click here to view
Telephone: 01522 782020

Norfolk:
Website: click here to view
Telephone: 0344 800 8020

Peterborough:
Website: click here to view
Email: childrenstransport@peterborough.gov.uk
Telephone: 01733 747474

Students based at the Cambridge (Milton) campus, may also travel from other nearby counties:

Suffolk:
Website: click here to view
Email: education.transport@educ.suffolkccc.gov.uk
Telephone: 03456 066173

Hertfordshire:
Website: click here to view
Telephone: 0300 123 4043

Bedfordshire:
Website: click here to view
Email: school.transport@bedford.gov.uk
Telephone: 01234 718004