Transport

Bridgwater is on the main rail line from Taunton and the main campus is just a short walk from the station. There is free parking at all Centres and there are also designated zones for parking mopeds and bicycles.

For current timetables, bike loan scheme, costs or information on any aspect of travelling to College, see below or call the Student Support Team on 01278 441233.

Online Bus Pass Payments

Weston Bus Service

We are aware that a number of you have been experiencing problems with WebberBus services to and from Weston. We are having regular meetings with the company to seek improvements in the service. They have promised to improve punctuality, provide route training for drivers, and inspect drivers and the routes they are taking more closely. If you have further issues that you feel we should know about with the service please contact Student Support on studentsupport@bridgwater.ac.uk, or call 01278 441233. Rest assured however that we are working closely with Webbers to improve matters for you.

Buses to College

Each day over 22 buses come through the main site from towns and villages across Somerset and North Somerset. In addition to the main routes, a regular shuttle service connects students with the main campus and the Cannington Centre for Land-based studies.

Somerset County Ticket

Students living in Somerset can apply for the Somerset County ticket, which allows unlimited bus use within the county from 1 September to 31 August. For 2013/14 the College will be subsidising travel for students. The cost to Bridgwater College students for 2013/2014 is £350 providing you live over 2 miles from the centre you are studying at. If you live within 2 miles you will need to pay the full price of £650, if you are in doubt please check with Student Support. It is essential that you read and agree to the terms and conditions .

Weston & North Somerset Pass

Students living in Weston-Super-Mare, Portishead and Clevedon need to apply for a subsidised pass which allows freedom of travel on all Webber bus routes in addition to College days. The cost of this pass is £330.

Castle Cary, Shepton Mallet, Yeovil and Wiveliscombe Passes

Students Living in Castle Cary, Shepton Mallet, Yeovil and Wiveliscombe can apply for a subsidised bus pass at the cost of £300 to use the College operated services.

Bus Pass payments

If you wish to spread the cost of the bus pass please download our direct debit mandate . Ensure you return this with your application form for processing along with a cheque for the first instalment of £30.

Alternatively if you wish to pay in full for your bus pass by credit or debit card you can do so through our Online Store. If you choose this payment method please include a receipt from our online store along with your application form.

All of these passes can also be paid for by cheque made payable to Bridgwater College at the time of application.

If you have any queries or need financial assistance to help pay for the bus pass please contact us on 01278 441233 or by emailing studentsupport@bridgwater.ac.uk. All completed application forms need to be sent to Student Support, Bridgwater College, Bath Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4PZ by 9 August 2013 to ensure passes are ready for collection prior to the start of the academic year.

Students attending the Paignton Centre should contact School Transport at Devon County Council on 0845 155 1019 or visit www.devon.gov.uk/school_transport.

College Bike Loan Scheme

If you live between 1 and 5 miles away, cycling might be a good option for getting to college. It’s quick and cheap and very flexible because you are not tied to particular times to get a lift or catch a bus.

Somerset County Council are currently offering low-cost bicycles to students for the coming academic year. You can borrow a brand new 2013 Saracen Tufftrax mountain bike (worth £290) for just £49 for the year. At the same time, you pay a deposit of £89 and at the end of the year you decide if you want to return the bike and get your £89 back, or keep the bike (in which case the council keep your £89).

The closing date for applications is 16th of June for currently enrolled students and 25th August 2013 for students starting in September. You can find more information on www.movingsomersetforward.co.uk/bike-loan.