We have a number of public scheduled services running in to school from Blacon, Saughall, Neston, Frodsham and Wrexham.
Update 18 May: Further to the announcement that the Upton Bus (AB34) was being withdrawn from service from 7 June, we have now contracted directly with the operator to continue the service until 30 June to cover the exam season. If your child wishes to use this service from 8 June they must purchase a ticket from the school’s finance office by Tuesday 4 June. This is a one off payment of £40 which will allow travel to 30 June, which is cheaper than the current fare.
Going forward, we are aware of a number of service across Upton, Newton and Hoole that currently terminate at the bus terminus. We are awaiting confirmation of the routes from the new terminus to Handbridge, which we are confident will provide cheaper and more time efficient routes in to School for our students. Any new routes and services will be published on the Cheshire West and Chester transport website
It includes links to the Traveline website where individual journeys can be mapped and also the Traveline phone number: 0871 200 22 33 There is also a link to download the itravel smart phone app – which is the free journey planning app for CWAC, which has up to date travel information, interactive maps and public transport timetables. There is also a public transport timetable order form – where individuals can order any local bus service timetable to be posted to them. As new services come on line with the new bus terminus this will be the most up to date source for services/timetables change between now and September
Update (December 2016) The 605, now being run by Stagecoach, will travel to Love Street in Chester City Centre where students can then change to the 16 service that will bring them to the end of Old Wrexham Road. The current shuttle minibus operated by the school will cease from the end of 6 December 2016 for Saughall and Blacon Students.
Blacon, Saughall and Neston
Neston: Students can now use the 22 service from Neston provided by Avon Buses https://bustimes.org.uk/services/61030535 This service goes through to the Chester Bus Exchange at 0822, which is approximately 10 to 15 minutes walk away from school and just 1.2 miles.
Blacon and Saughall: The 604 Service departs Saughall, Lodge Lane Terminus at 07:50, Blacon, The Arches School 07:58, Blacon, St Chad's Road 08:10 and Chester, Bus Exchange (Stand 4) 08:20.
Stagecoach are also operating the 605 from the Lodge Lane terminus at 07:40, The Arches School 07:56, St Chad's Road 08:10, Chester Bus Exchange 08:18 and then Love Street for 08:22. Student then disembark before getting on the No16 at 08:25 whicj bring them to the end of Old Wrexham Road.
From Saughall Students can also use the number 15 and 16 Stagecoach service or 1 or 1a provided by Arriva:
15 Service: Saughall, Church Road terminus at 0750, Blacon Saxon Way at 0758 and into the Chester Bus Terminus at 0811.
1 Service: Blacon, Rhuddlan Road 0743, Blacon Parade 0757, Chester Bus terminus 0818
The most cost effective use of this service is to buy a £7 weekly ticket mega rider, bought only from Stagecoach as this can be used all week on either Stagecoach or Arriva services. Neither of these services terminate in the school but stop on Overleigh Road.
15 and 15a : https://tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/Timetables/Merseyside/Chester/Service15-15A-27June16.pdf
16 from (Love Street to Handbridge) 0800hrs arriving at Handbridge Church 0812hrs and 0815hrs arriving at 0827hrs. The return trip to Love Street departs at 1504, 1519, 1534 and 1549. The weekly ticket will cover this service.
Broughton Bus and Wrexham Services
For eligible baptised Catholic children joining our school from Flintshire they would received a free bus pass if our school is their nearest Catholic School. Post 16 pupils could also receive free transport to our school if it is the closest school that provides the course they wish to study. Eligible students apply using the application form on the Flintshire County Council website.
Please be aware the new service is collecting students at 8.10AM from the Broughton Shops. This is a dedicated school bus service provided by Flintshire County Council.
There are also a number of public services from Wrexham run by Arriva.
Free Transport Applications and further information
For further information, free bus tickets and route planning this link will take you through to the Cheshire West and Chester Schools Transport Page. Since September 2015 travel assistance has only been offered to pupils attending their nearest school subject to the distance criteria. For further information call 0300 123 7039 and ask to speak to a member of CWAC the transport team.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding school transport please e-mail Mr Gauller, Assistant Headteacher - Resources or call 01244 981611