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 31 August 2021

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

When students return to school and college in September 2021, they will be expected to board the same bus as other passengers.

Further information on timetables and journey planners can be found at the following link West Berkshire Council - Plan Your Journey and Find a Timetable - Information

The following information about transport in September 2021 may be helpful for planning purposes:

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

The 7.45am from Thatcham Broadway to Theale Green School and the 3.10pm from Theale to Thatcham Broadway will 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 will once again be 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 in September 2021. 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 legally permitted travel by passengers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

When queuing for your bus, and while on board, keep a safe distance away from other people as far as possible. Please also make sure that you wash/sanitise your hands on boarding and alighting the bus. 

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

Guidance has also been issued for bus operators during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Face coverings

In England it is expected and recommended (unless your are exempt) that you should wear a face covering on public transport and dedicated home-to-school transport.

However, some public transport operators may make the wearing of a face covering a condition of travel (unless you are exempt), please check with operators before you travel.