The Council currently delivers the largest Home to School Transport operation of its kind in Wales. We are consulting upon amending the level of discretionary Home to School Transport provided from September 2025.
Home to School Transport is provided for around 9,100 mainstream pupils, 960 Additional Learning Needs learners, and 2,300 College students each day.
Over 9,000 of these learners are transported for free on a discretionary basis. This means that we provide discretionary transport for more learners than almost every other Welsh Council’s Home to School transport operations, and beyond the statutory level in Welsh Government’s Learner Travel Measure.
- One of the most generous provisions in Wales transporting over 9,000 learners, including £6.9 million of discretionary provision
- £6.9 million of discretionary provision for over 9,000 learners
- Cost to the Council has increased from £8 million in 2015 to over £15 million in 2023/24
- Primary Schools – we currently provide free home to school transport for learners of compulsory school age attending primary school who live 1.5 miles or further from their nearest suitable school
- Secondary Schools - we currently provide free home to school transport for learners of compulsory school age attending secondary school who live 2 miles or further from their nearest suitable school
- Welsh/Faith Schools and Post-16 education - There is no statutory requirement to provide transport for these learners, however, we currently provide this for free.
The table below outlines our proposals for Home to School Transport compared to the Welsh Government statutory requirements:
You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this proposal here.
Read the full Council statement here
More detail about the proposal can be found in the full Cabinet report here.
If you would like to participate in the consultation on this proposal, please visit the Council’s website here.