Transport

Getting to Ralph Allen School

The school is located in a beautiful position with stunning countryside views on the southeastern edge of Bath.  It is on the hills above the city in the clean air, out of the exhaust fumes.  Many of our students get to and from school actively - walking, cycling, by bus or car-share.

We want Ralph Allen to be a fit and healthy school, making more sustainable journeys and contributing less to local congestion. So we are working with:

  • Sustrans on the Active Travel to Schools Project  to encourage sustainable travel.
  • Local bus companies to improve the bus services.
  • Ralph Allen's Parent Circle to explore other ideas with parents.

 

2016-17 information:

FIRST BUS SERVICE AMENDMENTS - SEPTEMBER 2016

Please be aware First group have introduced changes to bus numbers and routes from September 2016. Many of the eight city services will no longer run from one side of the city to the other, but will stop at the bus station, necessitating a change to another service for anyone wanting to travel beyond the centre.

We have included the Bath Chronicle's report on our news feed and an overview of the services available can be found in the link below.

A selection of the changes are: 

New service 1, replaces previous service 10

New service 2, replaces previous service 1

New service 3 replaces previous service 13

New service 4 replaces previous service 14

http://m.bathchronicle.co.uk/bath-bus-network-these-are-the-changes-being-introduced-by-first-bus-from-september-2016/story-29575385-detail/story.html

Please check the First website for further details: 

First map of bus routes from 4 September 2016

https://www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west/plan-journey/timetables/?operator=3&page=1&redirect=no

 

WESSEX SERVICE AMENDMENTS - SEPTEMBER 2016

Please be aware Wessex buses have also introduced changes to their services from September 2016. 

Wessex 20A/C/R replacements by Abus (RA3 and RA4)

Please also click here for information from B&NES Transport Services regarding changes to bus services to and from Ralph Allen School regarding 20A/C/R and the new services run by Abus (RA3/RA4).

We advise you check their website for updated information and have included a link below for further information.

http://www.wessexbus.com/news/SeptemberServiceChanges_507.html

Additional timetable information can be found using the following link:

http://www.wessexbus.com/services/WessexBath_10.html#wessexBathTab

 

RA1

This service provides transport starting at Frome, travelling along the A36, past Limpley Stoke and Freshford, Bathampton, through Bathampton village and Bathwick and up Bathwick Hill to Ralph Allen School.  Parents wishing to find out more information and/or make an application should contact Mrs K de Beer (k.debeer@ralphallenschool.com).  

click here to find out the RA1 bus timetable, route and stops.  

Note: We have set up bus payments online for parents to pay for the RA1 service.

RA2 - replaced by Faresaver X86, 287 and 288 from September 2016

Faresaver has replaced the RA2 service and provides a comprehensive service using buses X86, 287 and 288.  The X86 starts in Dovers Park, Bathford and travels on through Batheaston (all stops), Lambridge and Balustrade and on to Ralph Allen School.  The 287 picks up at the bottom of Bathwick Hill at 8.10am and then goes on to Ralph Allen School.  The 288 starts at Morrisons and stops at Snow Hill, then Dorchester Street (stop Bk), through Bear Flat (stop C) and on to Ralph Allen School.   Buses serve all recognised bus stops along the route.  

Return journeys differ slightly.  The X86 (double decker) leaves Ralph Allen School and will stop at Snow Hill, Morrisons, Balustrade ( bus stop at the Londis convenience store), Lambridge and all stops at Batheaston, terminating at Dovers Park, Bathford. The 288 will serve FoxHill, Bear Flat and Dorchester Street.  The 287 (double decker) leaves Ralph Allen stopping at the bottom on Bathwick Hill and goes on to Snow Hill, Balustrade (bus stop at the Londis convenience store), and terminates at Lambridge (near the Batheaston bypass) - students wishing to go to Batheaston and Bathford could use the X86 service - see above. An extra bus will be provided on Thursday due to an increase in passenger numbers on this day.

Weekly and monthly tickets can be bought on buses or on mobile ticketing.  Annual passes can be bought by contacting 01249 444444 or on mobile ticketing. For more information regarding mobile ticketing visit www.mymobiletickets.com, select Faresaver and then Ralph Allen School to view options.  click here to find out the X86, 287, 288 bus timetable and Fares.

Faresaver 267/287

This service (267) starts at St Martin's Hospital (7.47am) and then picks up down Wellsway and on Bear Flat, finishing in the city centre. Here students change on to the 287 service, going up to Ralph Allen School via Bathwick Hill.  Students catching the 267 before the city centre should purchase a through ticket which includes the onward journey on the 287 (students will change vehicle in the city centre at the Ambury stop, where the 287 will be waiting for Ralph Allen students).  Prices and timetables are published by Faresaver on their website and can be seen below..

267/287 bus service, serving St Martin's Hospital, the Wellsway, Bear Flat, city centre (Ambury), Dorchester Street, Bathwick Hill to Ralph Allen School. Find out more about the 267/287.

RA3 (to Odd Down/Whiteway/Twerton)

RA4 (to Odd Down/Moorland Rd/Newbridge-Lower Weston)

These services are run by abus.  Please click on the link below which will take you to the abus website for a full timetable of both services.  http://www.abus.co.uk

How to get to Ralph Allen School

Our students come from all over Bath and the nearby villages. This is how we suggest travelling:

Place name

 

Active Travel method used by students living here

 

Walking

Cycling

Bus

Bus no

Bus company

Season ticket available

Car-share

Batheaston

   

Yes

X86 (Stambridge)

231

Faresaver

First (to Bath Bus Station)

Yes

Yes

Bathampton

Yes

Yes

Yes

RA1

X86/267 (25-35 mins)

264/265

RAS (Beeline)

 

Faresaver  (with a walk)

Annual Ticket via Parent Pay

Combined Bath Rider ticket

Yes

Bathford

   

Yes

X86

Faresaver

Yes

Yes

Bathwick

Yes

Yes

Yes

287

RA1

Faresaver

RAS (Beeline)

Yes

Annual Ticket via Parent Pay

Yes

Bear Flat (Stop C)

Yes

Yes

Yes

288

Faresaver

Yes

Yes

Box

   

Yes

X86

X31

Faresaver

First (to Bath Bus Station)

Yes

Yes

Bradford on Avon

   

Yes

265, then either 9 or 287

First 265 (to Bath Bus Station) then

287 Faresaver

Yes

Yes

City Centre

(Bus station)

Yes

Yes

Yes

2

288

First (short walk from Ralph Allen Drive)

Faresaver

 

Yes

Yes

Combe Down

Yes

Yes

Yes

2

First (short walk from Ralph Allen Drive)

Yes

Yes

Combe Hay

   

Yes

C221T

B&NES (CV Cars)

 

Yes

Corsham

   

Yes

X86

Faresaver

Yes

Yes

Englishcombe

   

Yes

C221E

B&NES (Guyan minibus)

 

Yes

Fairfield Park

   

Yes

X86

6, 6A from bus station

Faresaver

First Bus

Yes

Yes

Foxhill (Hawthorn Grove)

Yes

Yes

Yes

RA3/RA4

abus

 

Yes

Freshford

   

Yes

C221D

RA1

B&NES (Centurion)

RAS (Beeline)

Annual Ticket via Parent Pay

Yes

Frome

 

 

Yes

RA1

RAS (Beeline)

Annual Ticket via Parent Pay

 

Hinton Charterhouse

   

Yes

C221D

B&NES  (Centurion)

 

Yes

Holt

     

X86

Faresaver

 

Yes

London Road Lambridge & Snow Hill

 

Yes

 

X86, 288

Faresaver

Yes

Yes

Lansdown

   

Yes

620 (or walk) to the city centre then 2 or 267

First/ Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Larkhall

Yes

Yes

Yes

X86

Faresaver

Yes

Yes

Limpley Stoke

     

Centurion

B&NES (Centurion)

 

Yes

Lower Weston (Newbridge)

   

Yes

RA4

abus

 

Yes

Marshfield

     

C221H

B&NES (Libra Travel)

 

Yes

Midford

    Yes C221D B&NES (Centurion)   Yes

Monkton Combe

Yes

Yes

   

B&NES Transport

 

Yes

Monkton Farleigh

     

X86

Faresaver

 

 

Yes

Newbridge

 

Yes

Yes RA4

abus

 

Yes

Norton St Philip

   

Yes

C221D

B&NES (Centurion)  

Yes

Odd Down

Yes

Yes

Yes

RA3/RA4 (Sainsbury's)

267/287

abus

Faresaver

 

Yes

Oldfield Park

 

Yes

Yes

267/287

RA4 (Moorland Rd)

Faresaver

abus

 

Yes

Peasdown St John

     

173/178/184, then 20C/20R First to school

Faresaver / Wessex Connect / First

 

Yes

RUH

  Yes Yes RA4 abus   Yes

Rush Hill (BCA)

Yes

Yes

Yes

RA3/RA4

abus

 

Yes

Southdown

 

Yes

Yes

20A/C/R

Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Southstoke

Yes

Yes

Yes

C221D

B&NES (Beeline)

 

Yes

Timsbury/Tunley

     

179 to Wellsway, then 20C/20R

First / Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Trowbridge

     

265 to Bath bus station, then 267/287

First/Faresaver

 

Yes

Swainswick

     

C221H

B&NES (Beeline)

 

Yes

Twerton Parade

 

Yes

Yes

RA3

abus

 

Yes

Upper Weston

   

Yes

20A/20C/20R

First/Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Wh​iteway (circle)

  Yes Yes RA3 abus   Yes

Widcombe

Yes

Yes

Yes

267/287

2

Faresaver 

First  (short walk from Ralph Allen Drive)

Yes

Yes

Winsley

     

265 to Bath Bus Station, then 267/287

First/Faresaver

 

Yes

 

If you live in an area that isn’t mentioned here, please contact Mrs Caroline Holden (c.holden@ralphallenschool.com) or Mrs Jo Marsh (j.marsh@ralphallenschool.com),  for advice on how your child can get to school. If you have any updated information about any aspect of the transport please email so we can update this page. 


By bus                                            

A number of different buses come to the school. Many of them drop off and pick up within the school grounds. Some are designated school buses, others are public buses. They are run by various bus companies including:

Other buses come close to the school (for example, the 1, which comes to Combe Down, a 5-10-minute walk from the school).

Most students pay for their own travel, though some students (for example, those living in some of the local villages) travel free of charge. Season tickets can be bought from the bus companies to keep costs to a minimum.

Help is available online with journey planning by bus:

Certain routes (such as the X86) do not run a service beyond the end of the normal school day. For students attending after school clubs, the best option is to take a bus to the University of Bath or to the bus station. From there, buses are available to a variety of destinations

Bath Rider bus ticket

This is a ticket that can be used on all buses in and around Bath regardless of the bus company providing the service.
 

  • A one-day Bath Rider can be bought on the bus: £4 for children, £4.50 adults.
  • A weekly Bath Rider ticket can be bought from the bus station: £16.50 for children, £17.50 adults.


Check at the bus station to make sure that the bus you want to use is covered.

Cycling

Students who cycle can leave their bikes locked in bike racks at the school. There are a number of puncture repair kits, pumps and tools in school which students can use.

Journey planners are available online for cyclists:

If you live in BANES, free cycling lessons are available:

Car-sharing

Some parents find it convenient to drop off/collect their children on their travels and are happy to car share. It is a good way of reducing costs and congestion.

The Sulis Club car park (next door to the school) is used for drop-offs and pick-ups to keep the school’s car park clear for buses.

Find out more about car-sharing at: www.2carshare.com

Active Travel to Schools Project

The Active Travel to Schools Project aims to get the whole school community working together to make the school journey sustainable, healthy and enjoyable for everyone. 'Active Travel' includes:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Buses
  • Car shares.

We want a fitter and happier school, with less local congestion, making more sustainable journeys. The project is run thanks to funding from the Travel West Local Sustainable Transport Fund and is running across B&NES and other Local Authorities in the South West. For any queries or suggestions or to find out more about sustainable travel to and from school, contact our local Active Travel to Schools Officer.