Direct Debit

The best value tickets for bus, rail and Metro

The Direct Debit scheme offers adult, child and student monthly travel products for:

  • nbus
  • ntrain
  • nnetwork
  • West Midlands Metro 
  • National Express West Midlands

These tickets provide fantastic savings and convenience, and are always the cheapest way to pay for your travel if you are a regular bus, train or tram user.  

Buying your ticket with Direct Debit takes the hassle out of buying a new ticket each month. Payment is taken from your nominated bank account on a set date each month and your product is either loaded onto a Swift card or posted to you each month, as a paper ticket.

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Adult Direct Debit

A set payment is taken from your bank account on the same date each month. The majority of Direct Debit tickets will  come on a Swift card which will automatically update with your new ticket each month. If your ticket is not on Swift it will be paper based and posted to you each month. 

Friends and family can travel with you off-peak, on rail services within your selected zones for £1 return adults and 50p return children (ntrain and nnetwork tickets only).

See the network bus area and the rail network map to see where you can travel and to check what zone you need your ticket to cover.

Apply online

Student Direct Debit

A set payment is taken from your bank account on the same date each month. The majority of Direct Debit tickets will  come on a Swift card which will automatically update with your new ticket each month. If your ticket is not on Swift it will be paper based and posted to you each month. 

See the network bus area and the rail network map to see where you can travel and to check what zone you need your ticket to cover. There is currently no ntrain student ticket. 

Apply online

Click here to find out more about what supporting documents are needed for student tickets. 

Child Direct Debit

With Direct Debit, you pay for 10 months but get 12 months travel. 

See the network bus area and the rail network map to see where you can travel.

  • Delivered on a Swift card which automatically updates each month.
  • Payment is taken from your bank account on the second of each month
  • Lost or damaged tickets are replaced for just £7.50 with a quick phone call
  • 16-18 year olds living in the West Midlands also qualify 

Search and apply online and buy the first months ticket to start saving straight away.

Apply online

Terms and Conditions

Direct Debit Terms and Conditions (Child, Student and Adult Direct Debit)

1. Customer Obligations

1.1. To ensure payment can be taken from the nominated bank account on the due date or the next working day if this date falls on a weekend or a bank holiday.

1.2. If you are a member of the child Direct Debit Scheme (Scheme), provided 10 consecutive payments have been cleared by your bank/building society

and you are still eligible for child rate fares, tickets 11 and 12 will be provided free of charge.

1.3. If three (3) payments are not received on the due date within a rolling 24 month period, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) reserves the right to remove you from the Scheme.

1.4. To give at least four (4) weeks’ notice by telephone, email or in writing of any change of name, address or any changes to ticket type

1.5. To give at least four (4) weeks’ notice from your last payment date of any amendments to bank or building society details. You must complete a new bank mandate which can be obtained by contacting Ticketing Services or from networkwm.com/directdebitupdates

1.6. To give at least four (4) weeks’ notice by telephone, email or in writing of your intention to leave the Scheme.

1.7. Ensure you provide a valid email address and keep WMCA updated if this changes at networkwm.com/directdebit

1.8. If your new Swift card or paper ticket has not arrived three (3) working days before your current ticket expires, please contact Ticketing Services. WMCA will issue a duplicate ticket but will not refund travel tickets that have been purchased as a result of tickets not arriving due to a delay in the postal service.

1.9. You must have a valid Swift card or paper ticket for every journey. Refunds on rail tickets purchased as a result of lost, stolen or forgotten tickets can be requested from the Station Accounts department of the appropriate train operating company and not through WMCA. Refunds are at the discretion of the individual train company. Refunds are not available for tickets purchased on bus or tram services.

1.10. You must report any loss or theft of your Swift card or paper ticket to WMCA. An administration fee of £7.50 will be charged. You can request a replacement online, please visit networkwm.com/makeapayment

1.11. WMCA must be notified as soon as possible for any cases of long term sickness. Refunds are at the sole discretion of WMCA and a doctor’s and/or hospital note will be required.

2. 16-18 Photocard Scheme

2.1. Applicants aged 16-18 must hold a valid 16-18 Photocard in order to be eligible for child fares. For further information about the 16-18 Photocard Scheme and to apply, please visit networkwestmidlands.com/16-18.

2.2. 16-18 Photocards are valid until 31st July of the academic year you turn 18

2.3. WMCA will not be responsible for late 16-18 Photocard applications.

3. Student Direct Debit

3.1. If you are a member of the Student Direct Debit Scheme (Scheme) you must be aged 16 or over and studying at a recognised educational establishment.

3.2. For the purpose of the Scheme full time education is a minimum of 12 hours per week for at least 3 months and can provide evidence to support this.

3.3.All documents provided as proof of full time education are subject to further validation checks during membership of the Scheme.

4. Swift card holders only

4.1. Swift card holders will not receive a monthly paper ticket. Your ticket will be activated automatically on the Swift card on the agreed start date each month.

4.2. WMCA will deactivate your Swift card if an outstanding amount is not cleared.

4.3. No refund will be given for any Swift card that has been deactivated due to payment not being made on time or for any tickets purchased as a result.

4.4. If you have cancelled your account, your Swift card will be deactivated on the agreed expiry date. This will be confirmed by WMCA.

4.5. Swift card holders must ensure they comply with the Swift card Terms and Conditions which are available at networkwm.com/swifthelp

4.6. If your new Swift card has not arrived three (3) working days before it is due to start, please contact us. WMCA will issue a replacement Swift card but will not refund travel tickets that have been purchased as a result of tickets not arriving due to delay in the postal service.

5. Paper tickets holders only

5.1. Paper ticket holders must ensure the photocard number is clearly written on each monthly ticket before use. Failure to do so may result in a fine or confiscation. WMCA will not reimburse any travel tickets that have been purchased as a result.

5.2. If your ticket has not arrived three (3) working days before your current ticket expires, please contact us. WMCA will issue a duplicate ticket but will not refund travel tickets that have been purchased as a result of tickets not arriving due to a delay in the postal service.

5.3. If you need to return a ticket to WMCA you must use Recorded Delivery or such equivalent method as reasonably requested by WMCA. Customers remain responsible for any tickets lost in the post whilst being returned to WMCA unless proof of postage is provided.

5.4. With respect to ticket renewals, provided your monthly Direct Debit’s are paid on the agreed date, a new ticket will be posted to you at least five (5) working days prior to the expiry date shown on your current ticket.

6. Other Terms and Conditions

6.1. WMCA shall give at least 10 working days written notice via email of changes to ticket prices, except when tax changes require an immediate price change which is beyond WMCA’s control.

6.2. The minimum contract term when joining the Scheme is three (3) months from your initial start date.

6.3. If you leave the Scheme, you may rejoin one (1) month after your last Direct Debit payment and any outstanding balance is cleared (subject to the normal new application guidelines).

6.4. You can pay any outstanding balance (unpaid Direct Debit) online by visiting networkwm.com/makeapayment

6.5. Tickets may be suspended for a minimum of one (1) full calendar month and up to a maximum of six (6) months provided you give one (1) months’ notice.

After six (6) month’s your account will be cancelled and you must reapply.

6.6. Tickets available through the Scheme have a validity of one (1) month. WMCA will not refund whole or partial amounts due to you cancelling your Scheme membership.

6.7. WMCA reserves the right to terminate Direct Debit arrangements if the Scheme or the tickets are misused in any way, or if Direct Debit payments are not promptly and regularly paid via the nominated bank or building society account.

6.8. WMCA reserves the right to refuse entry to the Scheme to previous customers who have defaulted on their payments.

6.9. All Swift Card’s and paper tickets remain the property of WMCA.

6.10. Swift cards and paper tickets issued through the Scheme are not transferable and are issued subject to the current National Rail Conditions of Carriage and to the Conditions of Carriage of the Rail Operators on whose services they are valid (unless otherwise indicated they are valid by any permitted route, and on the service of participating operators), and for nNetwork tickets, the published terms and conditions relating to bus and tram operators services, which are available for inspection at the Head Offices or appropriate company addresses.

6.11. The National Rail Conditions of Carriage are available for inspection at the Ticket Offices of staffed stations.

6.12. nNetwork Swift card’s and paper tickets are valid on local bus services in the West Midlands Network area run by operators in the Centrocard scheme. They are not valid on night buses and certain other special services. They are also valid on the tram (except Zone 1 and Zone 1-2 nNetwork tickets). It is your responsibility to ensure that your nNetwork ticket entitles you to travel to the destination required. WMCA accepts no liability for any loss or damage suffered by any Customer using a ticket that is not valid for the journey taken.

7. Compensation for Rail Service Delays

7.1. It is the responsibility of the Swift card / paper ticket holder to claim compensation for any service delay or cancellation from the appropriate

train operating company.

8. Data Protection

8.1. WMCA is a data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018. WMCA will process your data in accordance with the Act and will use your data for the following purposes;

8.1.1. to provide you with the scheme you applied for and for ongoing administration of the scheme;

8.1.2. to allow us to improve products and services we offer to our customers;

8.1.3. for research and analysis including travel patterns;

8.1.4. to enable us to provide anonymous data to the Department for Transport if requested by them;

8.1.5. to enable us to conduct surveys;

8.1.6. for the prevention and detection of crime including fare evasion;

8.1.7. to enable us to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations;

8.1.8. to ensure that we follow your instructions correctly and to improve customer service, we may monitor and/or record any communication between you and WMCA.

8.2 We may use your information for marketing purposes if you have provided consent as follows:

8.2.1 to let you know about related products and or services;

8.2.2 to send you offers on behalf of selected third parties which we believe to be appropriate.

8.2.3 We may contact you for the above purposes by post, email, telephone or text messaging to SMS enabled devices depending on the information you have provided to WMCA.

8.2. You may withdraw your consent to receive such information at any time notifying WMCA by post, telephone, or email.

8.3. We will only disclose your information to others in the following circumstances:

8.3.1. When we are legally obliged to do so

8.3.2. When there is a duty to disclose in the public interest

8.3.3. Where disclosure is necessary to protect WMCA’s interest (i.e. to detect crime or fare evasion)

8.3.4. Where you give us permission to do so.

8.4. We will retain your information for the period that you are a member of the Scheme in order to comply with these terms and conditions.

8.5. If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal information, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. WMCA contact details are provided below.

8.6. We hope that we can address any concerns you may have, but if you remain unhappy you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at:

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

8.7. For further information on how we process personal information, and ensure the security and privacy of personal information please visit our privacy policy at: wmca.org.uk/policies

9. Contact Details

West Midlands Combined Authority / West Midlands Network

Telephone: 0345 303 6760

Hours of business: Monday 08:00-18:00, Tuesday 08:00-18:00, Wednesday 10:00-18:00, Thursday 08:00-18:00, Friday 08:00-18:00 and Saturday 09:00- 13:00.

Closed Sunday and Bank Holidays (These times may be subject to change, please check via networkwestmidlands.com/get-in-touch/contact-us for the latest hours of business)

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