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College bus service

West Notts College offers a bus service to all of our students, with 12 routes which cover Mansfield, Ashfield and the surrounding area.


A reduced service will run for two weeks beginning Monday the 17 August for those students who have been invited into college only. The reduced service includes route numbers: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. All stops on all routes will be serviced by these buses.

All routes will resume for the start of the academic year Tuesday 1 September.

Paying for the college bus service

It's now easy to pay for our college bus service online.

Paying for college buses

The latest government advice for dedicated further education transport

Buses are contracted to transport learners to college, and are not used by the general public. This is referred to as a dedicated service. Advice for dedicated service is as follows:

  • Use of own sanitiser upon boarding and or/disembarking
  • Additional cleaning of vehicles
  • Organised queuing and boarding where possible
  • The use of face coverings, where appropriate.

From the start of autumn term the one metre approach will not apply on dedicated services but passengers should still be encouraged to space out as much as possible.

This information will be updated if any further changes are required.

Routes at a glance

The map below shows an overview of the available routes into college via our bus service.

To find your nearest stop, scroll down to the 'Find your nearest stop' interactive maps and click on your preferred route.

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DR - Derby Road campus
CC - Construction Centre
EIC - Engineering Innovation Centre

Find your nearest stop

Our interactive maps will show you exactly where each bus stop is on each route – so you’ll know where to stand to catch the bus.

Bus timetable

Download our bus timetable which details the times and locations of every stop on every route. Please note, the college bus service operates during term-time only.

Download bus timetable

College bus service FAQs

  • Bus code of conduct

    As a passenger on the college bus service you will be representing Vision West Nottinghamshire College. Download a copy of the college bus code of conduct to find out more about acceptable behaviour on our buses.

  • How much does it cost to travel on the college buses?

    The college bus service currently costs £105 per student per year, which works out as little as 60p per day during a college year. Students may be eligible for free entry onto the college buses if your household income is currently less than £28,000 per year. For more information please contact the customer enquiries team on Freephone 0808 100 3626.

  • How do I become 'bus ready'?

    Once you’ve applied for college and you have a place agreed, you will receive information from us on how to ensure you are 'bus ready'. You must wear your college ID card and lanyard on our buses, your ID card will show a bus symbol if you have access to the service. A red bus symbol signifies that you do not have access to the service. To gain access to our buses, your ID card will scanned by the bus driver.

  • How do I get to the Construction Centre or the Engineering Innovation Centre?

    If your bus route does not go directly to the Construction Centre or Engineering Innovation Centre, you will need to travel to the Derby Road campus, where connecting buses will take you to these campuses. All our morning buses are scheduled to ensure you have enough time to arrive at these campuses for a 9am start time.

  • Where can I receive information on bus updates?

    As well as this page, information on bus routes, timetables or diversions will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages. So it is a good idea to follow us on social media to keep up-to-date with the latest information.

  • What happens on snow days?

    In the event of a snow day, you will receive a text message from us. It is therefore important that you update your contact details so we have the correct mobile number to contact you on. Information is also placed on the college website, social media pages and local radio.

  • Can I catch the bus at any bus stop along the route?

    All pick up points are shown on our interactive maps listed above. Please refer to these maps if you are unsure.

Support & services at West Notts

Why choose West Notts?

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98.8% A Level pass rate in 2019

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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