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Appealing the Measurement of the Qualifying Distance

Appealing the Measurement of the Qualifying Distance

The Distance and/or the Route Measured is incorrect

Before making an appeal regarding the measurement, please carefully consider the following information.

Transport assistance is based on the distance from your home to the nearest suitable school. The distance is measured from the nearest door of your property to the nearest available door of the school (even if it is not routinely used by pupils)

The distance measured is the nearest available route and consequently it is not always measured via the road network and will typically include footpaths or pathways.

In assessing eligibility for transport assistance, the Authority uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to electronically calculate a definitive measurement from your home to school using the most available route based on the latest mapping and address database maintained by Land & Property Services (LPS); which is the common standard address for every property in Northern Ireland. All applications are assessed consistently in this manner.  

Whilst other mapping systems are comparable ie Google Maps, Bing Maps, AA/RAC route finder etc. these systems do not provide the required level of accuracy to determine the actual distance.  Likewise distances recorded on vehicle odometers are not considered to have the required level of accuracy.

Having carefully considered this information, if you still wish to appeal on the basis of distance please complete the ‘REQUEST FOR APPEAL APPLICATION FORM’ and return it to:

Transport Manager
Education Authority – Southern Region
3 Charlemont Place
The Mall
BT61 9AX

or by email to: dale.hanna@eani.org.uk 

It is important that you detail the reasons why you feel your measurement differs from that assessed by the Authority.





The Southern Education and Library Board (the ‘Board’) was established as part of Local Government reorganisation in 1973 and is the largest of the five area Boards. The Board's principle functions are the provision of education and youth services to the District Council areas of Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown, Craigavon, Dungannon & South Tyrone and Newry & Mourne. It spans 1,450 square miles with a total population of approximately 390,300 including 75,767 pupils.


3 Charlemont Place, The Mall, Armagh, BT61 9AX.
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