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Subsidised transport support at Blackpool Sixth

Affordable travel for all.  Start your new journey with us at Blackpool Sixth by taking advantage of our subsidised transport options. 

Blackpool Sixth recognises that the cost of transport is a concern for some young people and their families. Our subsidised transport schemes not only help with transport costs to and from college but could also provide unlimited travel throughout the day, including evenings, weekends and during the college holidays.

More students will be eligible for free travel

We are increasing the household income thresholds on our bursaries so more students will be able to access free transport.

Additional travel support for those who need it most

We are introducing a new transport bursary with a higher household income threshold than other bursaries that will bring down the subsidised travel costs even further for a significant number of students.

Subsidised travel passes for all

We will offer subsidised transport to all students so that travel passes are the same price or cheaper than buying directly from our local transport providers.

Subsidised bus passes include unlimited travel including weekends, evenings and holiday periods

Our version of the monthly Blackpool Transport and Stagecoach bus passes provide you with unlimited travel throughout the year, including weekends and evenings and all college holidays.

For students travelling from areas that are particularly hard to reach due to local transport provision resulting in increased travel costs, the college will consider each case individually and will strive to offer financial support to bring costs in line with the average travel cost for other students.

A new direct Blackpool Transport service for Lytham, St Annes and South Shore *From September 2023-24

There will be a direct travel option available from Lytham/St Annes/South Shore to college at the beginning/end of the college day. Blackpool Transport are providing a new service for Blackpool Sixth students. This new service will run from Lytham, through St Annes and South Shore and on to college.

Supporting environmentally-friendly travel in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre

Blackpool Sixth supports the use of sustainable transport options that have benefits for the environment and for health. Using public transport is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce air pollution in our area.

Working with Blackpool Transport, we have launched a new subsidised digital monthly pass for our students.  Students will pay £60 monthly to the college, and will receive a digital monthly pass using the Blackpool Transport app, which includes summer travel (July & August) free.

Transport providerSubsidised price
Blackpool Transport Digital Smart Card 
• valid 7 days a week & during holidays 
• receive July & August travel for free*

Covers the following areas: 
Blackpool, Fleetwood, Thornton-Cleveleys, Bispham, Over Wyre & Lytham St. Annes 

*providing consecutive payments are made with no missed months from the month of September 2023 to June 2024
Monthly instalments of £60

(£60 per month from the month of September 2023 to June 2024)

Equivalent monthly Blackpool Transport ticket priced at £66 for a 30 day 16-21 young person ticket when purchased directly on a Blackpool Transport bus

Blackpool Transport - Lytham to Blackpool Sixth direct bus

Service will be the Number 11 – Blackpool Sixth.  This service will run in term time. 

The bus will run along the current number 11 route from Lytham to Blackpool Town Centre but will continue to Blackpool Sixth. 

Schedule listed below. *The bus will stop at stops in between those listed below

StopTo collegeAfter college
Lytham Square07:1517:24
LSA High School07:2217:17
St Annes Square07:3217:06
Starr Gate07:4116:59
Farmers Arms07:4616:54
Manchester Square07:5516:45
Corporation Street08:0816:33
Layton Square08:1816:23
Blackpool Sixth08:2816:15

How do I apply for the Monthly Digital pass?

To apply for a Blackpool Transport monthly digital ticket through the college, you simply need to make the first payment of £60. This can be done online by clicking on the apply here button:


You can also come to the student finance office and pay by cash or card. 

Ideally, you should make your first payment by the 1st September, to receive a full month’s travel.  Once we have received your first payment, you will be sent your digital pass by email from Blackpool Transport to your college email address with instructions on how to download your pass.  You will also be sent details on how you can make regular standing order payments for your pass so that you don’t need to worry about forgetting a payment.

Frequently asked questions – Blackpool Transport


  • Single Journey – £3.00
  • Return Journey – £5.50
  • Weekly Pass – £20.00
  • Monthly Fee  £75 ( September through to July)

Flex Ticket

This will be pre-loaded with a certain amount allowing the pupils to just use the card for whatever travel they require and not be tied into a contract. This will all be app based and digitalised.

Pick up pointOutwardReturn
Lytham Square07:10am5:15pm
Freckleton: War Memorial07:15am5:10pm
Warton: Pickwick Tavern07:20am5:05pm
Wrea Green: Grapes Pub07:30am5:00pm
Kirkham: Market square07:40am4:55pm
Wesham: Railway station07:45am4:50pm
Greenhalgh: Opp. Ashiana Restaurant07:50am4:45pm
Elswick: Opp. The Ship08:05am4:35pm
Great Eccleston: The square08:10am4:30pm
Blackpool Sixth08:30am4:05pm

The Stagecoach monthly travel card, which doubles up as your membership card, can be purchased from the Student Finance office at the monthly price of £54.60 and includes summer travel (July and August) free. 

If you would like to purchase a Stagecoach travel card, you will need to make an initial payment of £109.20 which covers September and October travel and you will then be able to set up a standing order with your bank for future payments. The initial payment can be made by cash or card in the student finance office, or online via a BACS payment or by clicking on the link below:


More details about the Stagecoach travel card scheme for 2023-24, and the benefits of purchasing this travel card through college are below:

Transport providerSubsidised price
Stagecoach • valid 7 days a week & during holidays • receive July & August travel for free Covers the following areas: Lancaster, Garstang, Poulton, Blackpool and Preston 10 x monthly instalments of £54.60 Equivalent monthly Stagecoach ticket priced at £61.99 for a 28 day North West 4 week Megarider when purchased directly from StagecoachPurchased directly from Student Finance at college

For ages 16-25

Great for: Teenagers, students, graduates, and young professionals

1 or 3 year validity available. 

Digital only – Railcards live in your account in the Trainline app so you can use them on any of your compatible devices. No download codes are needed! Visit:

Subsidy is available, please speak to Student Finance at college.

Travel Links

Any questions that haven’t been answered above?

For more information on about any of the above subsidised transport schemes or for general transport enquiries please contact Student Finance by emailing or calling Student Finance directly on 01253 307096.

Please note: Student Finance will be very busy during the enrolment days so we advise that enquiries are sent to the above email address first before calling the above number as lines may be very busy. Someone will respond to your email enquiry within one working day.

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