Transport - getting to Ralph Allen School

Getting to Ralph Allen School

The school is located in a beautiful position with stunning countryside views on the southeastern edge of Bath. 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.

 

Clubs and Study Bus:  we are delighted to announce that the school is running a new bus, the RA99 (Beeline service) at 4.40pm from Mon-Thurs. 

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

231

Faresaver

First (to Bath Bus Station)

 

Yes

 

Bathampton

Yes

Yes

Yes

RA1

 

X86/267 (25-35 mins)

First Bus 4 or 264/265

RAS (Beeline)

 

Faresaver or First Bus (with a walk)

Annual Ticket via Parent Pay

Combined Bath Rider ticket

Yes

Bathford

   

Yes

X86

Faresaver

 

Yes

Bathwick

Yes

Yes

Yes

267

RA1

Faresaver

RAS (Beeline)

 

Annual Ticket via Parent Pay

Yes

Bear Flat

Yes

Yes

Yes

9

Bugler

Yes

Yes

Box

   

Yes

X86

231

Faresaver

First (to Bath Bus Station)

Yes

Yes

Bradford on Avon

   

Yes

265, then either 9 or 267

First 265 (to Bath Bus Station) then

9 Buglers/267 Faresaver

Yes

Yes

City Centre

(Bus station)

Yes

Yes

Yes

9

1

267

Bugler

First

Faresaver

Yes

Yes

Combe Down

Yes

Yes

Yes

1/2

20A/20C

First (short walk from Ralph Allen Drive)

Wessex Connect

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Combe Hay

   

Yes

C221T

Banes (CV Cars)

 

Yes

Corsham

   

Yes

X86

Faresaver

 

Yes

Englishcombe

   

Yes

C221E

Banes (Guyan minibus)

 

Yes

Fairfield Park

   

Yes

X86

Faresaver

 

Yes

Foxhill

Yes

Yes

Yes

20A/20C

Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Freshford

   

Yes

C221D

RA1

Banes (Beeline)

RAS (Beeline)

 

Yes

Hinton Charterhouse

   

Yes

C221D

Banes (Beeline)

 

Yes

Holt

     

X86

Faresaver

 

Yes

Lambridge

 

Yes

 

X86

Faresaver

 

Yes

Lansdown

   

Yes

620 (or walk) to the city centre then 1, 9 or 267

First/Buglers/ Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Larkhall

Yes

Yes

Yes

X86

Faresaver

 

Yes

Limpley Stoke

     

20A/20C/20R

Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Lower Weston

   

Yes

1

First

 

Yes

Marshfield

     

C221H

Banes (Libra Travel)

 

Yes

Monkton Combe

Yes

Yes

   

Banes Transport

 

Yes

Monkton Farleigh

     

X86

20A/20C/20R

Faresaver

Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Newbridge

 

Yes

 

1 (walk to The Weston pub)

First

 

Yes

Norton St Philip

   

Yes

267

Faresaver

 

Yes

Odd Down

Yes

Yes

Yes

20A/20C

Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Oldfield Park

 

Yes

Yes

9/20A/20C

Buglers / Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Peasdown StJohn

     

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

Buglers / Wessex Connect / First

 

Yes

Rush Hill

Yes

Yes

Yes

20A/C

Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Southdown

 

Yes

Yes

20A/C

Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Southstoke

Yes

Yes

Yes

C221D

Banes (Beeline)

 

Yes

Timsbury/Tunley

     

179 to Wellsway, then 20C/20R

First / Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Trowbridge

     

265 to Bath bus station, then 9 or 267

First/Bugler/Faresaver

 

Yes

Swainswick

     

C221H

Banes (Beeline)

 

Yes

Twerton

 

Yes

Yes

20A/20C

Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Upper Weston

   

Yes

1/20A/20C/20R

First/Wessex Connect

 

Yes

Widcombe

Yes

Yes

Yes

9

1

Bugler

First (followed by 10min walk)

Yes

Yes

Winsley

     

265 to Bath Bus Station, then 9 or 267

First/Bugler/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 and the 9) 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 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
  • Scooting
  • Skating
  • 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, Aly Vernon. Email: aly.vernon@sustrans.org.uk; tel 07920 233079.