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Transport at Buxton & Leek College

Buxton and Leek College provides buses on several routes to enable students who are travelling from out of county to access the college campuses. Reasons to use our college bus:

  • Only BLC students and staff are permitted to travel
  • 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 address queries directly with the bus companies
  • Payment plan options are available
Transport Update 22/23

Students applying or enrolling on programmes at BLC for the first time in September 2022 may be subject to charges on the colleges buses. This will not apply to continuing or progressing students who are already enrolled at BLC (21/22).

All new and returning students will need to complete a mandatory transport application form available here: College Transport Application Form 2022-23

BLC Bus pass routes

Timetables are available here: 

BLC CONNECTING BUS ROUTES 

Free term time services for students & Staff 

PLEASE FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH THE BLC COLLEGE BUS TERMS OF USE AND BEHAVIOUR CODE. ALL STUDENTS MUST COMPLY WITH THE BEHAVIOUR CODE AND ANY BREACHES MAY BE DEALT WITH THROUGH THE COLLEGE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE.

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 students will need to complete a mandatory College Bus Pass Application Form to obtain a bus pass. You can either complete this form when you come on-site to enrol, or you can complete online using the link from 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 year?

Students applying or enrolling on programmes at BLC for the first time in September 2022 may be subject to charges on the college buses. This will not apply to continuing or progressing students who are already enrolled at BLC in the 2021/22 academic year.

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.

BUS CHARGES FOR NEW STUDENTS ONLY
Main Study Programme annual fee:   Apprentices annual fee:
Charge Band A – £250

Charge Band B – £350

Charge Band C – £450

Charge Band D – £550

Charge Band X – No Charge

Charge Band A – £90

Charge Band B – £120

Charge Band C – £150

Charge Band D – £190

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 5th September 2022
Instalment 2 – Due by 3rd January 2023
Instalment 3 – Due by 17th April 2023

INSTALMENT OPTIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS ONLY
Main Programme students wishing to pay by instalments, the fees are as follows:   Apprentices wishing to pay by instalments, the fees are as follows:
Charge Band A –

Total to pay: £250

Instalment 1 – £83.33

Instalment 2 – £83.33

Instalment 3 – £83.33

Charge Band A –

Total to pay: £90

 

Instalment 1 – £30

Instalment 2 – £30

Instalment 3 – £30

Charge Band B –

Total to pay: £350

 

Instalment 1 – £116.66

Instalment 2 – £116.66

Instalment 3 – £116.66

Charge Band B –

Total to pay: £120

 

Instalment 1 – £40

Instalment 2 – £40

Instalment 3 – £40

Charge Band C –

Total to pay: £450

 

Instalment 1 – £150

Instalment 2 – £150

Instalment 3 – £150

Charge Band C –

Total to pay: £150

 

Instalment 1 – £50

Instalment 2 – £50

Instalment 3 – £50

Charge Band D –

Total to pay: £550

 

Instalment 1 – £183.33

Instalment 2 – £183.33

Instalment 3 – £183.33

Charge Band D –

Total to pay: £190

 

Instalment 1 – £63.33

Instalment 2 -£63.33

Instalment 3 -£63.33

  •  How do I make payments?

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: 

New 2022/23 Main Study Programme Students – Click here to make payment.  

New 2022/23 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?

If you are eligible for the Bursary, you may be able to get some financial support. Bursary funding is limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis. You will be asked questions on the College Bus Pass Application Form to determine your eligibility. For more information, please visit www.blc.ac.uk/financial-support/funding-bursaries-loans/

  •  When will I receive my bus pass?

We will issue your bus pass at the college enrolment/induction, subject to a completed form and payment/bursary completion.  

  • Can I still travel on the bus before I have received my bus pass?

Yes, we will arrange temporary passes for the first two weeks of college.

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

Yes, please complete the online form to apply for your college bus pass including the connecting bus across campuses (Leek, Buxton, Harpur Hill). This service is free to all college students and staff, you will need to ensure you wear your lanyard to travel.

  • I have another question, who can I contact?

If you require assistance or have any questions, please telephone 0800 074 0099 or email fecurricsupport@derby.ac.uk

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 or calling the Snowline on 01332 597669.

Trains

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.

www.railcard.co.uk 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
Cycling
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.

Motorcycling
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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