School Travel Plan
One of the aims of the school development plan is to further develop as a sustainable school by promoting greener ways of getting to school. As part of the Borough of Poole and national plan Poole Grammar School has devised a Travel Plan which targets reducing our Carbon footprint. On an annual basis data is collected to ascertain what effect school policies are having on travel patterns. This data is also used by the Borough to help it make decisions about increasing the number of cycles lanes, public service buses etc. As we are not a ‘neighbourhood’ school there will always be challenges but we do seek to encourage walking, cycling or using buses to get to school as it is a great way to keep fit. School buses provide a comprehensive service serving most areas and parents who do drive their sons to school are encouraged to car share and to drop their sons off and pick them up away from the school site for a short walk to promote fitness and wellbeing.
Linkrider Coaches have a private bus service from Swanage, Wareham, Lytchett Matravers, and one from Wool and Bovington. If you would like your son to use this service, please call Linkrider direct on 01929 477344 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Service 40 is a privately funded school bus servicing Verwood/WestMoors/Ferndown. If you would like your son to use this service, please call Claire Broadley, Bus Liaison Officer, on 07952 945387 or e-mail email@example.com
The Seaview Coaches Wimborne bus is a privately funded school bus servicing Wimborne and Merley. If you would like your son to use this service, please call the Seaview Coaches office on 01202 773124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a temporary route change to the 450 Poole Grammar School bus service in the mornings. This is due to roadworks following a collapsed sewer along Ringwood Road From the Mountbatten Roundabout up to the West Howe Roundabout.
This will necessitate putting school route 450 on an emergency diversion from Tuesday morning, 10/03/20 until 20/03/20.
During the period of the diversion the 450 service will need to run up to Mountbatten Roundabout as normal but then and then go all the way around the roundabout and come back down Wallisdown Road and then divert via Kinson Road, Turbary Park Avenue and Poole Lane, to re-join the usual route at High Howe Lane.
Please note that this closure will only affect AM journeys towards the school and not PM but there may be delays on the service as a result of these works and the lengthy diversion necessary.
Pupils who currently board the bus at Francis Avenue or along Ringwood Road between the Mountbatten Roundabout and High Howe Lane will need to walk to either Wallisdown Road or High Howe Lane to board the bus there.
The service will revert to its normal route on completion of the works which subject to any unforeseen circumstances are due to be finished by 20/03/20.
There is a temporary route change to the 416 Poole Grammar School bus service in the afternoons. This is due to urgent roadworks on Lindsay Road at its junction with Leicester Road.
This will necessitate diverting the 416 from Monday afternoon, 09/03/20 until 27/03/20.
During the period of the diversion the 416 afternoon service will run back as normal to Bournemouth Road and then divert via St Osmund’s Road and Penn Hill Road before turning onto Lindsay / St Aldhelm’s and Bournemouth Road, dropping the last students off at The Grasshopper Pub. This should not cause too much disruption as the same roads will be covered as the usual route but in the reverse direction with the pupils being dropped off at stops on the opposite side of the road to their usual stops.
The service will revert to its normal route on completion of the works which subject to any unforeseen circumstances are due to be finished by 27/03/20. I will let you know if we can return the service to its normal route any earlier.
The following link will take you to the morebus website which gives details of route alterations during roadworks – https://www.morebus.co.uk/service-updates
From Monday 20 April, route 450 will be revised to commence service at Wallisdown Roundabout (east side) and then serve University (Wallisdown Road, north side) – Glenferness Ave – Branksome Wood Road – Surrey Road – Yarmouth Road – Alder Road – Wallisdown Roundabout (south and west sides) to resume its current routeing. The reverse of this routeing will operate in the afternoon.
This will bring the 450’s Alder Road Parade departure time 8 minutes later (from 0711 to 0719) and much closer to the 0725 pick-up time of the 447, and will remove the double-run between Wallisdown roundabout and the University which is a significant disincentive for Alder Road passengers to use the route. This should encourage more students from Alder Road to use the 450 rather than the 447.
This University pick up point will be on the north side of Wallisdown Road at the earlier time of 0707 (currently 0720). This might well not be considered ideal for students boarding at this location, but some of those boarding here will have the option of walking across to Alder Road and some may also benefit from having a route that runs closer to their doors, as a direct service will be provided from Glenferness Avenue, Branksome Wood Road, Surrey Road and Yarmouth Road for the first time.
The revised 450 timetable is below.
How to pay for school bus journeys
As in previous years, parents will have a choice of ways to pay for travel on the school buses:-
- Single and Return tickets can be purchased on board the buses on a daily basis using cash or contactless debit or credit cards, smart phone or smart watch using Apple Pay and Android Pay.
- You can apply for an annual school bus pass from BCP Council for the whole year at a cost of £670. Payment can be made either as one payment of the total amount or spread over nine monthly direct debit payments. An application form can be downloaded from the school buses page on the bcpcouncil.gov.uk website. (The charge will be waived for pupils who live over 2 miles from the school and are in receipt of low income. Please see the School Buses page on the BCP website for details of how the distance from school and eligibility as low income are calculated.)
- You can also purchase passes direct from morebus (or Yellow Buses for Service 18):
- Morebus can provide termly scholars passes along with the option of purchasing a Network add on which allows pupils to travel on the school bus and on other morebus services during evenings and weekends.
For guidance only, the cost of longer distance fares for 2019-20 (those from east of the Civic Centre inc. Newtown, Alderney, Wallisdown and Poole Old Town, Hamworthy/Turlin Moor/Upton) will be:
Autumn Term £263.30, Spring Term 210.60, Summer Term £196.10 – total £670
Medium distance fares for 2019-20 (those from the Civic Centre Westwards) will be:
Autumn Term £243.00, Spring Term 194.40, Summer Term £194.40
Please visit their school bus pass website http://passes.gosouthcoast.co.uk/ or telephone Morebus on 01202 338420 for the cost from your specific boarding point and details of how to purchase a pass.
Yellow Buses provide a range of period passes which can be used on their Service 18 – Please visit their website – www.bybus.co.uk or telephone them on 01202 636110.
If you have any general queries about bus transport to the Grammar Schools please get in contact via E-mail: email@example.com
Timetables to download:-