Travel Training Unit

The Bradford Travel Training Unit is based within Bradford Council and is funded by Bradford Council's Children's Services and Adult & Community Services.

We are a free service and offer one to one Independent Travel Training to individuals over 14 who live in the Bradford District.

Our aim is to teach our trainees how to safely use a specific route on public transport and enable them to access opportunities and services which they would otherwise be unable to do.

We work with children who receive school transport assistance through Passenger Transport Services, or those who for other reasons can not access public transport for school journeys.

Our work with adults is more varied and covers journeys to colleges, work placements, places of employment, and social activities.

All of our staff have undertaken the nationally recognised qualification in Travel Training at NVQ Level 2 and have substantial experience in delivering travel training.

How Travel Training works

  • We carry out a home visit to discuss the training process and any concerns the trainee and their family/carer might have. 
  • We will complete a detailed risk assessment of the trainee and work with them, the referrer, and family/carers to agree upon the most suitable form of training delivery. 
  • The requested route will be risk assessed by our team prior to training beginning. 
  • Each trainee will be assigned their own Travel Trainer. 
  • The training process is in stages: from one to one escorting, through a close shadowing stage, to the final observation from distance stage. 
  • The training is tailored to the individual and will be progress at a pace which suits their needs. As long as progress is being made the training will continue. 
  • The training includes road safety, money handling, hazard awareness and perception, time keeping, and risk reduction to ensure that the trainee has all of the skills required to reduce as much as possible the risks associated with independent travel.

How to make a referral to the Travel Training Unit

Please complete the form at the bottom of the page and email it back to us at

Accredited course for Travel Trainers

The Bradford Travel Training Unit developed and supports the NVQ Level 2 training course for those who deliver travel training. The course is accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN). The course is delivered over 2 full days and involves classroom based theory and field based practical activities.

The training course provides the learner with an overview of the following:

  • Working with an individual who has learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities. 
  • Delivering an assessment programme for a specific route with a trainee. 
  • Offering a one to one training programme that meets the needs of the trainee. 
  • Use of appropriate methods of recording and monitoring a trainee’s progress. 
  • Judging competence of a trainee during and on completion of the training programme.

The training also incorporates an overview of travel training, trainee case studies, initial assessment of a trainee, risk assessment of a route, task analysis, teaching road safety, teaching safe use of bus and trains, peer training sessions, judging competence, emergency procedures, personal safety, monitoring and evaluation procedures.

All learners will receive sample training process forms, advice, tips, and guidance upon completion of the training.

Contact us


Telephone: 01274 436199

Bradford Travel Training Unit
Shearbridge Depot
Shearbridge Road,
BradfordBD7 1PU

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Contact details

Bradford Travel Training Unit
Shearbridge Depot
Shearbridge Road

Phone : 01274 436199
Email :

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