West Berkshire Council

How to do I get transport to school/college during the academic year 2021/2022

Information on transport to schools and college from September 2021

Service update 30 November 2021

There are no longer the same social distancing requirements on public transport.  

When students travel to school and college, they will be expected to board the same bus as other passengers.

You can find further information on timetables and journey planners on our Journey Planning and Timetables webpage.

The following information about transport may be helpful for planning purposes:

Route 41 (Thatcham to Theale) operated by West Berkshire Council

The 7.45am journey from Thatcham Broadway to Theale Green School and the 3.10pm from Theale to Thatcham Broadway remain dedicated closed-door school services. Non-students will not be able to catch these services.

Other local bus services in Calcot, Tilehurst and wider Reading area

Reading Buses run some dedicated school services for students who attend schools in the area and many of their public buses also serve local schools and colleges.

Information on service provision can be found on their website, including school-specific timetables and maps. Students attending Denefield, Little Heath and Theale Green schools may find this helpful.

BB3 service operated by Thames Travel  

From September 2021 the BB3 service (Reading to Langtree School) operated by Thames Travel is available to the general public. Further information can be found on Thames Travel's website.

Train travel

For students that travel by train to school or college, there may be changes to timetables.  Please check the GWR website before travelling.

Active travel to school/college

Students and parents may wish to consider walking or cycling to school if this is appropriate.

West Berkshire Council as part of the emergency active travel fund has been given money from the Department of Transport to look at making temporary improvements to the local area which encourages active travel.

Guidance for safer travel during Covid-19

The UK government has issued safer travel guidance for passengers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please continue to make sure that you wash or sanitise your hands regularly. 

There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, but the government suggests that people continue to wear one in crowded and enclosed spaces, where they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet.

Please help to protect yourself, friends and family by downloading the NHS COVID-19 App.

The government has also issued guidance for bus operators during the COVID-19 outbreak.