Spare/Paid for Seats Information

There is no obligation for the Council to arrange travel for pupils who are not entitled under the Home to School Transport Policy. However, consideration can be given to the sale of surplus capacity seats on school transport routes in order to offer a service to families who may wish to make use of this scheme. Spare/paid for Seats can only be offered on routes with spare capacity (after eligible pupils have been allocated) and where there are no other public transport services on which your child could pay a daily / termly fare.

If your application for transport has been refused or your child is Post 16 (in sixth form) and you wish for them to be considered for a spare/paid for seat, please email your details to us at: or call us on 0300 123 5012. We will then add your child to the waiting list and if there are spare seats available on the route, we will write to you to request payment.

Spare/paid for seats are prioritised into 3 categories:

  • Category 1 is reserved for pupils allocated a spare seat in the previous academic year (this category is given first priority).
  • Category 2 is for Cheshire East resident pupils who are applying for a spare/paid for seat for the first time.
  • Category 3 is for non-Cheshire East resident pupils (this category is given a lower priority).

Where applications have been submitted in good time, we will aim to allocate spare/paid for seats by the start of term. Seats are offered on the basis that they can be withdrawn during the academic year if needed by eligible pupils. All routes will be reviewed regularly and where necessary any withdrawal of a spare/paid for seat will take place at the next nearest half term or end of term break.

Spare/paid for seat charges are reviewed annually. For 2017/18, the spare seat charge for all pupils will be £920 regardless of age. From September 2014, the spare seat charge was increased to represent the full cost of seat provision, as previously agreed by Cheshire East Cabinet.

Charges are per pupil per year and payment can be made either termly or half-termly. Reminder letters will be sent to you when each payment is due and payment can be made online at School Transport Payments or by calling 0300 123 5012. Please note that pupils will not be permitted to travel unless they are in possession of a valid bus pass.

Contact us

0300 123 5012

Monday to Friday 8:30 to 17:00

Postal Address only:

Transport Service Solutions
Cledford Lane
CW10 0JR

For Bus and Train times call Traveline 0871 200 22 33 calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

The English Traveline call centre opening hours are 7am to 10pm most days. You can find full details on Traveline's website.

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