Transport for Students
As a result of the current COVID 19 pandemic and subsequent health advice and guidance, Borders College plans to deliver a significant proportion of its programmes - commencing in September 2020 – online as part of a blended learning approach. This means that attendance on Campus will be minimised and required only where this is absolutely necessary to complete your qualification. It is anticipated that any attendance is likely to be one-day (or part day) per week in the first instance.
Public transport will be implementing various measures to meet social distancing and health and safety requirements to minimise risks. To enable students to have a choice in how they wish to travel to College for the day(s) each week you may be required to attend, we will make a travel allowance available to you where you are entitled to this funding support. This will enable you to make your own choice as to how you wish to travel to College. Where it is possible, we may look at class start and finish times to help you avoid the need for peak travel times.
Travel allowances will not be available to students who live within a 3-mile radius of the Campus that their course is based on, or live within the town in which the Campus that your course is based on is located.
Many of our students travel independently to College while others make use of the public bus services provided by various contractors throughout the Borders area.
Information regarding bus travel provided by Border Buses can be found at: https://www.bordersbuses.co.uk/
We recommend you download their App. This will provide you with the latest service information, timetables and seat availability on each of their services along with details about how to purchase your ticket and ticket deals available.
Traveline Scotland is also a really useful resource for planning your journeys. It covers all public transport options throughout the region and beyond. This resource can be found at: https://www.travelinescotland.com/lts/#/travelInfo
For students who live on the Borders Railway route, regular services run throughout the day between Edinburgh and Galashiels/Tweedbank. The Scotrail website will provide you with all the information regarding safe travel, timetables, how to purchase tickets and service updates. You can access this information at: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/
To download a PDF document advising students about eligibility to concessionary fares and free travel, please click here. You will require Adobe Acrobat reader to view the PDF.
If you need any help with transport to college you can contact the Transport Administrator via email email@example.com or message through the Borders College Transport Facebook page: www.facebook.com/borderscollegetransport