Transport Information for students attending Writtle University College

Writtle University College is situated two miles from the city centre of Chelmsford and just a few minutes walk from the main bus route through Writtle village.

Travel Schemes - 2021/2022

There are several transport options for students attending Writtle University College.

Listed below are details of WUC's minibus service, travel assistance schemes and public transport discounts. Each student should research their own individual transport requirements and select the most cost effective transport service that meets their requirements.

Writtle University College Transport Services

Currently Writtle University College provides a transport scheme in some areas that is a direct alternative to public transport.

The fee for the Writtle University College Minibus Service is £1150.00 for the academic year 2021/22, which is broken down into three payments. £450.00 is payable on booking, second payment of £350.00 payable by the 26 November 2021 and the balance of £350.00 payable by 01 March 2022. Places on the minibus service are limited and allotted on a first come first serve basis with priority given to full-time Further Education students aged between 16 to 19 years of age prior to the beginning of the first year of the course. This service operates during FE term dates only.

Writtle University College Minibus Service locations covered are:

  • Sawbridgeworth/Bishops Stortford/Dunmow
  • Epping/Harlow/Hatfield Heath
  • Grays/Stanford-le-Hope/Basildon/Billericay

Please Note
The above routes and locations may change or be discontinued depending on demand.

Times and Locations - Writtle University College Minibus Service 2021/22

The below routes, locations and times are correct when at time of publication. These may change or be discontinued depending on demand. They also may change for operational reasons at any time. All return times are approximate times. They may vary due to traffic conditions and the time the minibus leaves the University College. The University College reserves the right to make any changes to the routes that are required.

Sawbridgeworth/ Bishops Stortford/ Grt Dunmow Route

07.10 Sawbridgeworth - Bus stop near Essex Bathrooms & Kitchens.
(Return time approx. 17:30pm)

07.25 Bishops Stortford - Aldi Supermarket Car Park- London Rd.
(Return time approx. 17:50pm)

07.45 Takeley - Bus Stop - The Four Ashes Crossroad - Parade of shops - Dunmow bound.
(Return time approx. 18:05pm)

07.55 Grt. Dunmow - High St, Clare’s Hospice Shop.
(Return time approx. 18:15pm)

08.00 High Roding - Bus Stop/layby - The St B184.
(Return time approx. 18:30pm)

08.05 Leaden Roding - Farm Shop.

Harlow/Epping Route

07.00 North Weald - Kings Head Public House.
(Return time approx. 17:50pm)

07.10 Epping Hospital - (Bus Stop Main Rd).
(Return time approx. 17:45pm)

07.20 Lay by, Southern Way, Opposite New Passmores School - just after Motel.
(Return time approx. 18:05pm)

07.25 Harlow - Poundland, Staple Tye.
(Return time approx. 18:15pm)

07.30 Sumners Estate - Water Lane - Bus stop before roundabout - Epping Green bound.
(Return time approx. 18:20pm)

07.40 Harlow - The Stow (Our Lady Fatima Church).
(Return time approx. 18:30pm)

07.45 Old Harlow - (Bus Stop) London Rd - Opposite Dominos Pizza.
(Return time approx. 18:40pm)

08.00 Hatfield Heath (Co-op Store).
(Return time approx. 18:55pm)

Grays/Thurrock/Basildon Route

07.10 Grays - Bus stop outside Lloyds Pharmacy Lodge Lane, before Oak Public House.
(Return time approx. 17:50pm)

07.25 Stanford-le-Hope - Bus stop outside The Old Courthouse Public House.
(Return time approx. 18:10pm)

07.40 Basildon - Bus stop - Upper Mayne after Roundacre roundabout A127 bound - Opposite park.
(Return time approx. 18:20pm)

07.55 Billericay - High Street - Bus stop - Opposite Argos.
(Return time approx. 18:30pm)

Application Form
Writtle University College Minibus Transport 2021/22

For booking forms/information and availability please email the Writtle University College Transport Office.

Transport Department
Tele: 01245 424262

Writtle University College currently operate a shuttle bus service to and from the railway and bus station area in Chelmsford mornings and evenings during FE term times.

The minibuses pickup in Coval Lane, Chelmsford (beside the council offices). This is a first come first served service. No fee or prior booking necessary.

Writtle University College Shuttle Service Pickup Location

The service runs Monday to Friday during FE term dates at the following times:

  • Morning: 8:15am to 9:15am (Full Service)
  • Afternoon: 14:00 to 16:15 (Limited Service)
  • Evening: 4:15pm to 5:15pm (Full Service)

Dates of Service

All Writtle University College transport runs during FE term times. See the term dates page for more information.


For information contact the transport department on 01245 424262 or send us an Email.

Writtle University College Transport Service Information

Face covering must be worn at all times whilst travelling on Writtle University College Minibuses and a track and trace system will be in operation. Please read the following COVID-19 procedures - terms and conditions of transportation document for conditions of travel.

COVID-19 Procedures
Terms and Conditions of Transportation

Travel Assistance Schemes

Further Education Students Local Councils

Each council has its own transport policy, and information relates only to students living within Essex. We therefore suggest that you contact the council, specific to where you live to discuss schemes operating in your area and check that the service selected is the most cost effective.

Essex County Council logo
Essex County Council - Post 16 Transport

Students can apply for Post-16 transport assistance from Essex County Council if you are under 19 at the beginning of the academic year and met their criteria. Students will need to apply direct to Essex County Council for eligibility.

Eligibility Criteria
  • The student must be under 19 years of age prior to the beginning of the first year of the course. (i.e. a student who has already attained or will attain the age of 19 on or before 31 August before starting the course will not be eligible).
  • The student must live 3 miles or more from the 6th form/college by the shortest route to be eligible for assistance.
  • The student must be attending a full-time course in a maintained school sixth form or FE college.
  • Reduce rate is available to students who met the criteria for low income.

For further information contact:

Tele: 0845 603 2200

ECC - The Scholar's Season ticket

For further information visit:

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Southend Borough Council (SBC)

There is a scheme for students over the age of 16 and up to 19, transport awards are discretionary. If students live in the Borough of Southend-on-Sea they can apply direct to SBC for eligibility to travel under the Post 16 Transport Scheme.

Tele: 01702 215007

Thurrock Borough Council logo
Thurrock Borough Council (TBC)

Please note Thurrock Council no longer supply Post 16 transport however should you feel that you have an exceptional circumstance to request transport please visit the authorities’ web site.


Public Transport Discounts

Get 50% off train travel with a 16-17 Saver

If you're aged 16 or 17, you can now enjoy 50% off standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and Season tickets, helping you save money on trips into town, days out to the coast, travel to college or weekend festivals - as many times as you like.

A 16-17 Saver is just £30 and is valid for one year or until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first.

Download your 16-17 Saver to your phone with the Railcard app or keep your 16-17 Saver in your wallet to get half price tickets across the National Rail network (excluding travel on ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper services).

How to buy


The quickest and easiest way to buy is online. All you need is:

  1. Evidence of age - a valid UK driving licence, passport or national ID card
  2. A good quality digital passport-style photo ready to upload
  3. A debit or credit card for payment

If you don't have any of the above forms of ID, you can upload a scan of your birth certificate or a Government-approved PASS card instead. Please note that applications using these will take a little longer to process.

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By phone

You can buy your 16-17 Saver over the phone. Call our telesales service on 0345 301 1656* (7am to 10pm every day except Christmas Day).
You'll need:

  1. Evidence of age - a valid UK driving licence, passport or national ID card - over the phone or email us a copy
  2. A good quality digital passport-style photo ready to be emailed to us
  3. A debit or credit card for payment

*Calls cost no more than calls to geographic numbers (01 or 02) and may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes. Please note, you'll also need to submit your photo via email.

Get 1/3 off train travel with a 16-25 Railcard

There's every reason to be happy if you're aged 16 to 25, because with this Railcard you'll enjoy 1/3 off rail fares when you go by train. You can also apply for one if you're a mature student in full time study, as long as you're eligible.

The Railcard costs just £30. So after three or four trips, the card will have paid for itself. And over a year, you could save an average of £189*.

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*Average saving is based on the average savings made by 16-25 Railcard holders between March 2019 and February 2020, excluding price of Railcard.

First Essex Buses logo

Writtle University College have been liaising with First Bus Essex to provide discounted travel on First Bus Essex Transport Service and we are pleased to be offer all Writtle University College Students discounts with the Student Travel Club.

A passcode is required to register to the Writtle College Student Travel Club to gain discounted tickets. Please email Writtle University College transport office to obtain this code.

We will require the following information to be able to supply a code:
- Full name of student
- Student number
- Email address

The transport office contact details:
Telephone: 01245 424262

Passcodes available from the Writtle University College Transport Department from the week beginning 5 July 2021. Tickets will be available for purchase from First Buses from August 2021.

You will then receive an email with your unique passcode. In addition, information on booking tickets and webpage information that also provides further information on the different ticket types available and how to download the First Bus App and create an mTickets account, so the tickets can be delivered directly to the student's mobile phone.

Tickets will be available to purchase from August 2021. Once purchased, tickets will automatically activate (note: Student Unlimited tickets will activate on the monthly renewal date chosen when purchasing the ticket).

Writtle University College Student Travel Club (STC)Ticket Discounts

Writtle University College students can obtain bus travel discounts by registering to the Writtle University College Student Travel Club (STC)

Tickets are on sale from August 2021 for zonal travel within Essex. 12-Journey, Monthly Direct Debit, Term or Annual tickets are available to purchase.










































































































*Ticket prices are correct at time of print (March 2021). Please be advised that all prices are subject to review August 2021.

Validity days of the tickets:

  • Annual | 1st September 2021 - 31st August 2022
  • Term 1 | 1st September 2021 - 31st December 2021
  • Term 2 | 1st January 2022 - 10th April 2022
  • Term 3 | 11th April 2022 - 31st July 2022
  • Monthly direct debit | optional start date
  • 12-Journey | optional start date
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