Public Transport to and from the Sixth Form College, Colchester
September 2021 to July 2022
UPDATED - 01/09/21 - (We anticipate that these arrangements will remain in place for 2022/23 and we will update this page any details regarding prices or other matters as they emerge in August 2022)
This information is provided as a guide for parents to help them to select the best option for their son/daughter to travel to College. The College does not operate or support any transport services and has no financial connection with any operators shown below. We have worked hard to ensure that the information below is as accurate as possible, but please note that it is issued for guidance only and final confirmation of pricing and other details will be provided by transport companies at point of purchase.
The table is a summary of the main options available to ALL college students for travel by public transport (bus or train) for the academic year 2021/2022. If you have any travel enquiries please contact Michele Perrin: 01206 500700.
FIRST ESSEX BUSES
First Bus sell mTickets via the Student Travel Club (STC). To sign-up to the Student Travel Club (STC) and purchase a discounted ticket(s) please visit https://www.firstbus.co.uk/essex/ctc for step by step instructions.
This ticket service will enable instant access to your bus pass, on your smart phone, whilst still receiving the benefit of the discounted rate unique to Colchester Sixth Form College students. The mTicket discounted rates are more competitive than those of the ‘paper’ season ticket and offer a wider range of ticket options which include Annual, Termly, Monthly and 10/12 single journey.
DETAILS OF PRICES FOR 2021/2022
Details of how to purchase your mTicket
Go to the following link: https://www.firstbus.co.uk/essex/ctc
COLCHESTER INNER ZONE
First Bus services in Colchester town centre, General Hospital, University of Essex, Wivenhoe, Highwoods, Stanway, Lexden, Greenstead, Mile End, West Bergholt and Rowhedge.
Travel to and from Brightlingsea plus valid in the Colchester Inner zone.
COLCHESTER OUTER ZONE
Travel on First Essex. Zone bounded by West Mersea, Kelvedon, Coggeshall, Stratford St Mary, Dedham, Earls Colne and Tiptree.
Travel on all First Bus services across Essex, except the X10 / X30 Stansted Airport, 508/509/525/620 services and Chelmsford park and ride services.
Contact information for Customer Services
Tel: 0345 646 0707 (8am – 6pm Monday - Friday)
Online support form: https://www.firstbus.co.uk/help-and-support/help-our-apps/contact-app-support
ARRIVA : 2020/21 prices
Student Saver Ticket for Services 1/1A, 2, 4, and 8 Services within Colchester town area. https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/buy-tickets/region/herts-and-essex
Travel Voucher Student Saver Ticket Colchester Zone
Autumn Term : £185.00 Monthly : £37.91 Weekly : £12.40
Spring Term : £140.00 4 Weekly : £40.00
Summer Term : £145.00
HEDINGHAM / CHAMBERS
Hedingham Group offer our students a discounted rate on their buses. Contact Hedingham direct for a college termly pass. A current photo is required when emailing application details for bus pass.
DETAILS OF PRICES FOR 2021/2022
COLCHESTER BOROUGH CARD
The Colchester Borough card allows unlimited bus travel in and around Colchester on First Essex, Arriva, Panther Travel, Hedingham, Stephensons and Ipswich Buses. Tickets can be purchased via the First Bus App, Anglian Buses App, Arriva Bus App or Colchester Travel Centre, 26 St.Botolphs St. Day and week tickets may be purchased on the bus.
Inner Zone Outer Zone
Weekly : £19.00 £29.00
4 Weekly : £66.00 £98.00
12 Weekly : £190.00 £290.00
Service 81A Dedham and Langham
Panther Travel will be operating a dedicated school bus during term time that will follow the general public bus at the times stated below to assist in the travelling of students to their place of study.
This route is subsidised by Essex County Council. To receive the discounted price you will need to purchase the Essex Scholars Ticket direct from Panther Travel.
Autumn Term 2021 : £149.90
Spring Term 2022 : £129.20
Summer Term 2022 : £129.20
Annual : £354.60
Departs Dedham Lamb Cnr at 7.39 arriving Colchester High Street 08.14
Departs Colchester Head Street at 16.16 arriving Dedham Lamb Cnr 16.40
Contact : 01255 554974 Email : email@example.com
GREATER ANGLIA RAIL TRAVEL
To purchase a student discounted ticket, apply on line at https://railplus.greateranglia.co.uk/scholars.html
On application you will require your student ID number. You will require the last 7 digits of this number when making your application. This number will be on your student ID card or available from the General Office.
You may apply for an Annual, Termly or Monthly ticket. The scholar’s monthly subscription option is only available for a very short period in late August/early September at the start of the Academic year. Consecutive termly tickets may be ordered up to four weeks prior to the start of the following term.
Prices have now been brought in to line with the 16-17 saver discounts. So not only does the scholar ticket match that price but the validity of the tickets are longer meaning you get extra validity on some terms at no extra charge to cover the full term times. This means that you will not have the additional cost of having to purchase the ‘16-17 saver’ in order to benefit from the 50% discount.
Students must hold on to and not discard their current smart cards at the end of each term / academic year, as the next term or year’s ticket will be added to that card remotely. All you will need to do is activate it.
Please ensure that you always carry your Student ID card with you whilst travelling.
Activate your New Ticket
Please ensure that your Smart Ticket is loaded on to your Smart Card, before you travel. The simplest and quickest way to load your ticket is via the Greater Anglia Mobile App. Simply download the Greater Anglia app from your relevant app store to get started. Please allow up to 2 working days for your ticket to be uploaded to your Smart Card before activating.
If you’re an Android phone user, you can load your Smart Ticket straight to your Smart Card. After you have purchased your ticket, open the GA app and hold your Smart Card on the back of your phone.
For Apple devices, open the GA app on your mobile phone, select ‘Smart Card’ from the menu and hold your Smart Card to the phone to load your ticket –it will automatically upload onto the Smart Card. (*please note iPhones must have iOS 13.1 software or later)
Alternatively, Load your Smart Ticket from your chosen Greater Anglia station. Your Smart Ticket can be loaded on your Smart Card when you touch it onto the yellow ticket barrier reader, Platform Validator or by collecting from a ticket vending machine by following the screen options.
Touching in and Touching out
Once you have collected your Smart Card Ticket you can travel as normal. To ‘touch in’ at the start of your journey, place your Smart Card on the reader as you pass through the automatic ticket barrier or on a Platform validator. Similarly, at the end of your journey place your Smart Card on the reader as you pass through the automatic ticket barrier or on a Platform Validator to ‘touch out’.
Don’t forget to keep your Smart Card separate from your other ‘contactless’ cards such as Oyster and bankcards. This will avoid card clash when touching the reader.
If your ticket is lost, stolen or damaged you will need to contact the Business Travel Team on 0345 600 7245 (option 3). Our ticket offices are unable to process replacements, duplicates or refunds. This must be requested with the Business Travel Team.
If you have any queries regarding the new term or the tickets that will become available to order on 26 August, please feel free to email Specialist Services at firstname.lastname@example.org where they will be happy to assist and answer any questions.
Greater Anglia Contact details
Abellio East Anglia Ltd, The Hub, Colchester North Station, North Station Road, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JS
0345 600 7245
Option 3 – Season Ticket
Option 1 – Season Ticket
RAIL SEASON TICKET PRICES FOR 2021/2022
Termly tickets are valid during Evenings, Weekend & Half term. Annual Ticket is valid during the Christmas & Easter holiday period.
ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL
Post 16 Transport. Application on line : https://www.essex.gov.uk/school-transport/post-16-transport Application assessments, Autumn Term 1 March to 30 September, Spring Term 1 October to 31 January. Standard charge £900 per year. Low income £450 per year. This can be paid by 3 termly payments.
SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL
Post 16 Transport. Application on line : https://www.suffolkonboard.com/school-travel/ Academic year 2021/2022 is £310 per term.