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Transport at Buxton & Leek College

Buxton and Leek College provide several term time college bus routes to enable students who are travelling out of county to access college. Reasons to use our college bus:

  • Safe and secure environment to travel for anyone feeling nervous about joining college
  • Opportunities to socialise and make friends with other students
  • Drivers are DBS checked
  • The college can help address queries directly with the bus companies
  • Payment plan option available

BLC Bus pass routes

Buses run term time only, Mon – Thurs (to Buxton & Leek Campuses) and Friday (to Leek Campus only).

Timetables for 2023/24 are available here:



Free term time services for students:

Please note that these timetables may be subject to change.



If your college bus does not arrive on time, please follow the Transport Incident Process for Students here.


Bus Tracker Apps

High Peak have added some of the college bus routes to their Bus Tracker App.

The routes covered are the U1, U3, U4, U5 (morning & evening), 199 and 58.

The D&G bus tracker app covers the 108 service.

For further information about the Bus Tracker Apps, please click here.





Frequently asked Questions

I have found which bus route I would like to travel on, how do I apply for a college bus pass?

All new and returning BLC students will need to complete this mandatory College Bus Pass Application Form 2023/24 to obtain a bus pass.

You can either complete the College Bus Pass Application Form when you come on-site to enrol, at induction or online using the above link on the college website.

If you are under 18 years old, you may need support and information from your parent or guardian to complete this form.

How much will my bus pass cost me for the academic year?

Students applying or enrolling on programmes at BLC in 2023/24 may be subject to charges on the college buses.

(Please note that this will not apply to continuing or progressing Main Programme FE Students/ Apprentices who enrolled at BLC in the 2021/22 academic year and received a bus pass in the 2022/23 academic year using the transport fee waiver.)

Dependent on where you will be travelling from, your charge band will be listed on the bus timetables for the stop you will be using.

BLC Main Study Programme annual fee:   BLC Apprentices annual fee:
Charge Band A – £265

Charge Band B – £365

Charge Band C – £475

Charge Band D – £580

Charge Band X – No Charge

Charge Band A – £95

Charge Band B – £130

Charge Band C – £160

Charge Band D – £200

Charge Band X – No Charge

Can I pay for my bus pass in instalments?

Yes, you can pay for your bus pass in three termly instalments. Please see the breakdown below:

Instalment 1 – Due by 4th September 2023
Instalment 2 – Due by 1st January 2024
Instalment 3 – Due by 17th April 2024

BLC Main Programme students wishing to pay by instalments, the fees are as follows:   BLC Apprentices wishing to pay by instalments, the fees are as follows:
Charge Band A –

Total to pay: £265

Instalment 1 – £88.33

Instalment 2 – £88.33

Instalment 3 – £88.33

Charge Band A –

Total to pay: £95


Instalment 1 – £31.67

Instalment 2 – £31.67

Instalment 3 – £31.67

Charge Band B –

Total to pay: £365


Instalment 1 – £121.67

Instalment 2 – £121.67

Instalment 3 – £121.67

Charge Band B –

Total to pay: £140


Instalment 1 – £43.33

Instalment 2 – £43.33

Instalment 3 – £43.33

Charge Band C –

Total to pay: £475


Instalment 1 – £158.33

Instalment 2 – £158.33

Instalment 3 – £158.33

Charge Band C –

Total to pay: £160


Instalment 1 – £53.33

Instalment 2 – £53.33

Instalment 3 – £55.33

Charge Band D –

Total to pay: £580


Instalment 1 – £193.33

Instalment 2 – £193.33

Instalment 3 – £193.33

Charge Band D –

Total to pay: £200


Instalment 1 – £66.67

Instalment 2 – £66.67

Instalment 3 – £66.67

How do I make payment?

Once you have completed the online application form, you will be directed to make payment via the Online Store. Alternatively, please click on the links below which will take you direct to the Online Store: 

BLC Main Study Programme Students – Click here to make payment.  

BLC Apprentices – Click here to make payment.  

Please ensure that you have completed the College Bus Pass Application Form before making payment. Please keep a copy of your receipt. 

Is there any financial support available?

For learners on Full Time or Part Time FE study programmes, Traineeship or Supported Internship, we have Bursary Funding available to help reduce or cover the cost of a bus pass, subject to availability.

Bursary funding is limited and will be issued on a first come first serve basis to learners who submit an eligible application.

You will be asked questions on the College Bus Pass Application Form to determine your eligibility.

For more information, please visit: Financial Support – Buxton & Leek College (

When will I receive my bus pass?

We will issue your bus pass when you start college, subject to a completed application form and payment (in full or instalment) or bursary completion.

Do I still need to complete the form to use one of the connecting buses across campuses?

Yes, please fill out the online form to indicate if you will be using the connecting bus across campuses (Leek, Buxton, Harpur Hill). Remember to wear your lanyard while using this service.

Please note, students planning to use Route 5 (the coach service that operates between Buxton and Leek at the beginning and end of the day) will require a QR code bus pass, which must be scanned for travel.

Both Route 5 and the connecting college minibuses are provided free of charge to all BLC students.

I need to change, amend or cancel my bus pass once it’s been issued, who should I contact?

For any changes or amendments to your bus pass, please contact FE Curriculum Support. Charges will be subject to our terms and conditions.

  • I have another question, who can I contact?

If you have any questions about bus passes or bus pass payments, please contact the FE Curriculum Support Team:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 0800 074 0099 (option 1)
  • Visit the Student Centre at Buxton Campus or Leek Campus Main Reception.
Snow and Ice

In severe weather conditions we will try our best to maintain services. However, in some conditions, side roads and back roads become too difficult to negotiate, and we’ll operate a service with a reduced number of stops. If you’re in doubt, you can find out by checking the weather page.


Buxton station is only five minutes walk from the Devonshire Campus.

Buxton has direct trains from Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly, via Stockport. The journey takes about an hour.

You can also travel to Sheffield, which involves at least one change. For timetables contact National Rail Enquiries, 08457 48 49 50

Traveline also provides local information on trains and other forms of public transport. offers a ‘young persons’ railcard that could save you a 1/3 off your fare throughout the country. You can apply for a ‘young persons’ card if you are 16-25, or 26 and over but in full time education.

There is no train station in or near to Leek.

Motorbikes and Bicycles
The Devonshire Campus has facilities for cyclists to store their bikes free of charge in the sheltered bays which are located behind the old gatehouse.
There are showers within the catering changing rooms that staff and students can use to freshen up.

Cycle security
We have a very good security record for cycling, however its always good to lock your bike securely! Heavy duty bike locks can be obtained from the security office at a heavily subsidised rate.

Motorcyclists are welcome at the Devonshire Campus. Motorcycles do not require a parking permit, and can be parked free of charge on site. There is a sheltered motorcycle parking area within the main car park.

Buxton to Derby bike ride
Each year, in June, we hold a bike ride between Buxton and Derby. Around 100 people take part, having great fun and raising money for charity in the process.

Student Car Parking

Student car parking

If you decide to bring your car to Buxton  or Leek campuses, please be aware there is no student parking on site.

In Buxton, we recommend you park in the Pavilion Gardens car park, which is around five minutes walk away on Burlington Road, near to the junction with St Johns Road. There is usually ample space during term time. You can purchase a special season ticket at a heavily discounted student rate of £110 per year from High Peak Borough Council, otherwise reasonable pay & display rates apply. Access to the Campus is easiest if you park on the top deck, at the opposite end to the ramp.

In Leek there are various short and long stay car parks within short walking distance from the College campus, all of which are Pay & Display.

Considerate parking

However, if you choose to park on street, please bear in mind that there are traffic wardens in the area who will penalise those who park illegally.
By parking considerately we ask the following:

  • Please do not park on junctions.
  • Please do not block driveways or dropped kerbs.
  • Please consider residents parking needs.

We thank you in advance for your help and consideration. How you park your car can impact people’s attitude and perception of students and the University.

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