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Transport to Kendal College

We are committed to providing discounted travel to students where possible. Discounted travel is achieved through negotiations with bus service providers and direct college contributions to transport costs, thus reducing the cost for students. There is additional financial support for those from low income households. ​

There are a number of transport options available to students. 

A few years ago, due to government cuts affecting all local authorities, Cumbria County Council (CCC) announced that it had to withdraw bus subsidies and subsidised home to school/college transport for the majority of post-16 students. Since this announcement, we have been working tirelessly to ensure that, wherever possible, students can travel to college at a discounted price.

Our provision for 2018/19 has now been confirmed and is detailed below. As well as Kendal College bus passes, there are other transport options which are also detailed below. If you are looking for transport for the current academic year please contact Student Services on 01539 814700 or email enquiries@kendal.ac.uk.

If you are a part-time student or apprentice, please contact us to discuss the options available. 

Kendal College Bus Passes 18/19

Kendal College annual bus passes are available to full-time students. The bus pass gives Monday-Friday travel from Home to/from College during term time. As we are a small college, we unfortunately cannot provide services to meet everyone’s needs, but we hope our provision continues to benefit the majority of our students.

The below summarises the provision in the different areas:

Areas with Stagecoach Public Services
If you live in an area where Stagecoach public services operate, the pass entitles you to travel on all Stagecoach buses to & from the College (including connections). Click here to search for Stagecoach public services.

Lancaster - Heysham - Morecambe - Carnforth Service 
Students from this area can use public Stagecoach buses between home and College, as well as using the dedicated 955 service. The 955 operates in the morning, providing a fast direct connection to Kendal. For 18/19, we will be increasing the capacity of the bus to a double-decker. In the afternoon, students can use the regular public buses which connect to the Morecambe area e.g. 555, 755 & 5. Click here for the 955 timetable. Click here to search for Stagecoach public services.

Eden & Sedbergh Travel
We have worked hard to ensure transport is available to the majority of our students living in Eden and South Lakes. The following services will continue to run in 18/19, with one morning service and one afternoon service. They will be provided by Stagecoach and will continue to be available to both students and the public. We will also be increasing the capacity of the 506 bus in 18/19 to a 46-seater.

506 – Appleby to Kendal via Penrith, Shap and Tebay - click here for the timetable.
502 – Brough to Kendal via Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh - click here for the timetable.

It is possible to purchase daily tickets from the driver (rather than buy an annual pass). Click here for the fare tables.

Annual Pass - Cost
The College subsidises the cost of the bus pass and asks for a contribution towards the cost. We have had to increase the contribution for 18/19 due to rises in transport costs.

  • For the Stagecoach Public Services and the 955, we ask for a contribution of £556 (which works out as £16 per week).
  • For the Eden 506/ 502 Service, we ask for a contribution of £700 (which works out as £20 per week).

Payments can be made in full or spread over four payments. For the Eden services, it is also possible to buy a weekly ticket on the bus.

If paying for a pass could be a problem, please apply to our Bursary/ Learner Support Funds. Many of our students are eligible for a free bus pass through these funds, which are available to students in low-income households and/ or in financial hardship. For information on financial support to cover transport costs click here

Application Form

Please apply as soon as possible to ensure your pass is ready for the start of term.

Application Form 18/19 - All routes (except Eden 506 & 502) (Word)

Application Form 18/19 - All routes (except Eden 506 & 502) (PDF)

Direct Debit Form 18/19 - All routes (except Eden 506 & 502)

Application Form 18/19 - Eden 506 & 502 (Word)

Application Form 18/19 - Eden 506 & 502 (PDF)

Direct Debit Form 18/19 - Eden 506 & 502

Direct Debit Information Sheet 18/19

If you do not have access to a printer, we are aiming to have an online application form ready for the 10th August. Alternatively, please contact us and we can post a form to you.

Other Transport Options

Cumbria County Council (CCC)
CCC are providing some transport to under 19s who are living in a low-income household or who have Special Educational Needs. For more information click here.

CCC Spare Seats
Cumbria County Council may have spare seats on their services but these won't be confirmed until the beginning of September. For more information click here. To register your interest for this scheme please email enquiries@kendal.ac.uk. 

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC)
NYCC may be able to support students under 19 living in North Yorkshire to travel to their nearest college. For more information click here.

Commercial Stagecoach Passes
Stagecoach have a variety of daily, weekly, monthly and yearly ticket options - ask the driver or click here for information.

Other Public Transport
Some other bus companies operate in the North West. To search for all travel options click here to go to the Traveline website.

Car Sharing
If you are 18 or over, car sharing could be an option. There are a number of websites that can help you link with others travelling in the same direction, e.g. www.liftshare.com, www.gocarshare.com, and www.nationalcarshare.co.uk

The College car parks at Main Site are free to students - permits can be collected from the Learning Centre on the first floor. You can apply to the Bursary/ Learner Support Funds for help with mileage costs. For information click here.

The nearest train stations are Oxenholme (for Milnthorpe Road Campus) or Kendal (for the Arts & Media Campus). Click here to go to the national rail website. Train travel is usually more expensive than local bus provision, but maybe a consideration if you are travelling from Carlisle or Preston. You may be able to apply to the Bursary/ Learner Support Funds for help with train costs if bus provision is not available. For information click here.

The College has cycle parking bays and more information on cycle routes can be found at: www.kdcs.org.uk, www.sustrans.org.uk, and www.goeasy.org.uk


Student Services is open Monday-Friday throughout the year. Please call us for further information on 01539 814700 or email us at enquiries@kendal.ac.uk