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Our annual and termly bus passes are available to students.

As we are a small college, unfortunately, we cannot provide services to meet everyone’s needs, but we hope our provision continues to benefit the majority of our students. If you have any queries about any of our services, please email transport@kendal.ac.uk.

Stagecoach £2 fares

This applies to single tickets on eligible routes. The government have extended the £2 bus fare cap until 31st December 2024 to keep travel affordable for passengers. It may be cheaper to utilise this offer for the Autumn Term, if you only need bus travel for college, and only have one trip each way (no connections).

Areas with Stagecoach public services

2024/2025 Academic year

The college annual & termly passes enable you to travel on all Stagecoach buses from 4th Sept-20th June, including weekends. As such, this pass could be cheaper if you also use the bus for part-time work & leisure, and/or if you use connecting services to travel to college. You will need to show your college pass & college ID to the driver. For details of costs and application forms, please see below 'Applying for your Bus Pass'.

Click here to search for Stagecoach public services.

£2 fare
It may be cheaper to utilise the single fare offer for the Autumn Term, if you only need to travel for college, and only have one trip each way (no connections).

Do you live in Kendal?
Stagecoach offers a Kendal Plus 7-day Megarider for £13.50 or £46 for 28 days. More info here.

Do you use the 6 services from Barrow?
For morning lessons that arrive at college for 9am:

  • If you board the bus at Ulverston Town Centre and to the West (e.g. Barrow), then you should use the 6C morning service which departs from Barrow at 0733 (timetable below).
  • If you board the bus to the East of Ulverston Town Centre (from Canal Street onwards), you should use the X6 service (timetables on the Stagecoach website).

> 6C Timetable (PDF)

Do you live in the Lancaster district?
Please see the additional information below.

Stagecoach Bus Charter
The Bus Charter below sets out the responsibilities of all parties involved & advises on how to report any incidents: Please make sure you read the charter before boarding the Stagecoach services.

> Stagecoach Bus Charter (Word)

Lancaster - Heysham - Morecambe - Carnforth

2024/2025 Academic year

The college annual & termly passes enable you to travel on all Stagecoach buses from 4th Sept-20th June, including weekends (see above). You will need to show your college pass & college ID to the driver.

We also run a dedicated 955 double-decker service, which is only accessible via the college pass. This is because the pass contributes towards the cost of running the service.

The 955 provides a direct connection to Kendal.

> 955 Timetable (PDF)
> Stagecoach Bus Charter (Word)

For details of costs and application forms, please see below 'Applying for your Bus Pass'.

Click here to search for Stagecoach public services.

    Eden & Sedbergh travel (yearly pass)

    2024/2025 Academic year

    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 2024/25, with one-morning service and one-afternoon service. This pass gives Monday to Friday travel from home to college during term time.

    KC1
    Penrith to Kendal via Shap and Tebay.

    > KC1 Timetable (PDF)

    KC1 (Direct)
    Direct service from Penrith to Kendal.

    > KC1 (Direct) Timetable (PDF)

    KC2
    Temple Sowerby to Kendal via Appleby, Kirkby Stephen & Sedbergh.

    > KC2 Timetable (PDF)

    KT Coaches Bus Charter

    The Bus Charter below sets out the responsibilities of all parties involved & advises on how to report any incidents: Please make sure you read the charter before boarding either the KC1 or KC2 service.

    > KT Coaches Bus Charter (Word)

    It may be possible for post-16 school pupils to buy passes for these services. Please contact us for more information.

    Apprentices can buy a one or two-day-a-week pass for this route.

    Coniston

    We've been working with Stagecoach to create a link between Kendal & Coniston, and the new connecting services will start on 23rd March 2024.

    The morning times are:

    • 07:00 - Coniston
    • 07:40 - Arrive at Ambleside, switch to 555
    • 07:47 - Depart Ambleside
    • 08:27 - Arrive at Kendal Bus Station

    In the return direction, the 17:10 555 from Kendal connects at Ambleside to the 17:55 towards Coniston.

    > Full 505 timetable
    > 555 timetable (Ambleside to Kendal)
    > 555 timetable (Kendal to Ambleside)

    From the 4th November 2024, when the timetables switch to the winter timetable, Stagecoach will continue to operate the above journeys to enable a 09:00 to 17:00 college day. The 505 will generally operate every 2 hours during the winter timetable & every hour in the summer timetable, so there are additional opportunities to travel to/from college between these times.

    Bentham, Ingleton & Kirkby Lonsdale

    We have worked with Stagecoach to offer an extension to the 567 bus service for the 24/25 academic year. The timetable is linked below.

    > 567 Timetable (PDF)

    North Yorkshire travel

    If you:

    • Live in North Yorkshire
    • Are aged over 16 and under 19 on 1st September 2024
    • Are studying a full-time course and we are the nearest college offering this course

    You may be eligible for support via North Yorkshire County Council. For more information, see the council website.

    Westmorland & Lonsdale and Cumberland Councils

    Westmorland & Lonsdale and Cumberland Councils assist with transport costs for post-16 students from low-income households.

    The application is via our Bursary Fund application form rather than direct to the council.

    Cost of an Annual Bus Pass

    2024/2025 Academic year

    The college subsidises the bus passes and asks for a contribution towards the cost.

    • For the Stagecoach public services and the 955, the contribution is £700 (£20 per week).
    • For the Eden services, the contribution is £700 (£20 per week). If you are an apprentice and only need to travel on one day, we can arrange a one or two-day only pass for you at a cost of £5 a day, termly payment only.

    Applying for your Bus Pass

    This information is for the annual college bus pass. See above for other options.

    If you are paying for your bus pass online, apply for your pass here.

    Alternatively, complete and return the paper application forms below.

    You can pay in full or make a deposit payment followed by two direct debit payments on 5th November 2024 and 5th March 2025. If the latter, please complete the relevant direct debit form below, scan and email it to transport@kendal.ac.uk or post it to Student Services, Kendal College, Milnthorpe Road, Kendal, LA9 5AY.

    If you are applying for a bus pass via the Bursary Fund, please complete a bursary application & return this with the relevant bus application form below:

    > Direct Debit Form (PDF)
    > Eden Application Form (Word)
    > Stagecoach Application Form (Word)

    Any questions?

    Student Services is open Monday to Friday throughout the year. Please get in touch with us for further information.

    t 01539 814700
    e hello@kendal.ac.uk