Post-16 Transport Policy Statement Consultation 2024

Closed 7 Apr 2024

Opened 1 Feb 2024


We would like to know your views on changes we are proposing to our Post-16 Transport Policy Statement.


Students are required to continue in education or training until the age of 18 years, the statutory leaving age is 16. Local Authorities have no statutory duty to provide transport for Post 16 students but instead must publish a “transport policy statement” each year, setting out how they will support young adults to access education and training.

We have reviewed our current Post-16 Transport Policy Statement and are proposing changes which apply to young people of sixth form age and young people with Education, Health and Care plans up to age 25. Changes will come into effect for all students entering Post 16 education or training in September 2024.

The draft statement proposes changes which are needed to meet high demand and operating costs, whilst also giving greater flexibility for parents/carers, support young people’s independence and help to promote sustainable travel.

Your views are important as they will help us to inform proposals.

We recognise circumstances for each young adult and family are often different, therefore we want to know how each of our proposals may affect you. We will also be seeking views from schools and colleges and welcome feedback from West Northamptonshire residents and other interested stakeholders.

Key proposals

This consultation focuses on the following key areas of the Post 16 Transport Policy Statement and you can choose to comment on some or all. There is also an opportunity to provide general comments:

  1. Increase in the parent/carer contribution towards the cost of Post 16 Transport
  2. Support for young adults undertaking apprenticeships
  3. Increased use of Personal Transport Budgets (PTB)
  4. PTB where sole transport would be the only suitable option, unless in exceptional circumstances
  5. Transport provision only at standard school/college start and finish times.

Further information and related documents 

We have produced some further information on background and on the proposals, you may wish to have this open whilst you complete this consultation.

How to have your say

You can tell us your views in one of the following ways:

  • Post-16 Transport Consultation 2023
  • West Northamptonshire Council
  • The Guildhall 
  • St Giles' Street
  • Northampton
  • NN1 1DE

If you have any queries, comments or would like a copy of the questionnaire in another format you can contact us by using the contact details provided above, or by telephone on 01604 364403.

This consultation closes on midnight Sunday 7 April 2024. 

What happens next?

The views of parents/carers and young adults who may be affected by the proposals, and others who wish to provide their views will be carefully considered to ensure that the service continues to meet the needs of its users.

Feedback will be part of a report with other people’s feedback, you will not be personally identified.

All responses will be considered and will help to shape decisions 

and used to inform the Council of the impact of its proposals and shape the subsequent decision it makes concerning travel assistance for Post 16 students

The proposed policy will be considered by the Council at its Cabinet meeting scheduled for May 2024.  

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