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We are delighted to be making some significant improvements to the way we run the various services we provide for local schools in the area for 2019-20, making them easier to use and understand.

timetables and route maps now available

We are delighted to be able to share the timetables and route maps for each school service. Click the name of your school to download the map or timetable showing which buses run to the school. 

You can download the full school leaflet here.

school timetables maps
Bohunt School Click here for the timetable Click here for the map
Bulmershe School Click here for the timetable Click here for the map
Denefield School Click here for the timetable Click here for the map
Highdown School Click here for the timetable Click here for the map
Little Heath School Click here for the timetable Click here for the map
Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge School Click here for the timetable Click here for the map
Reading Girls' School Click here for the timetable Click here for the map
Theale Green School Click here for the timetable Click here for the map

Direct Debit for annual Boost passes now available

To help you spread the cost of your child's travel to and from school, you can buy an annual simplyReading or simplyNetwork Boost pass via Direct Debit. 

Simply choose your product, fill out your child's details (and then yours as the person paying) and then select Direct Debit on the payment page. Please note, Direct Debit is only available for annual passes and cannot be used for termly or other period tickets.

The Direct Debit is taken 10 monthly instalments with the first payment approximately 3-5 days after you purchase the pass. The pass itself will be sent to you within 5 working days and will start from when you receive it in the post.

Please ensure that you choose carefully when to buy your pass to ensure that you receive the card when you want and that there are appropriate funds in your account when the payments are due to be taken. 

Simplified Ticket Range

We are simplifying ticketing by merging our “Silverstars” and “Silverstars Plus” tickets for school services into our normal “Boost” fares for young people within the relevant ticket zone. This creates a product range that works better for young people, removing the confusion caused by the current range of tickets and allowing the flexibility to use our wider network when desired without any extra cost.

In addition, 90 day tickets will be replaced by term passes covering a simple standard “Reading Buses term” of 1 September – 31 December, 1 January to Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday – 31 July each year. The term pass is priced based on the number of school days each year and include all non-school days for free! 

Academic year tickets will be extended to cover the full calendar year, giving access to the relevant ticket zone during the summer holiday for free. 
There will be some slight increases to Boost ticket prices to reflect the integration of the Silverstars tickets, but still maintaining a significant discount compared to adult fares. 

The new prices to schools from 2 September 2019 are below.

If your school is in the simplyNetwork zone (or you are travelling into the simplyReading zone from the simplyNetwork zone) you will need a simplyNetwork product. If you are travelling exclusively within the simplyReading zone, you will need a simplyReading product.

duration where to buy simplyReading simplyNetwork
single trip on bus or app £1.50 Varies by route
10 single trips online or app £13 not available
all day ticket on bus or app £2.70 £4
7 day online or app £12 £16
30 day online or app £45 £61
term online £150 £185
Annual* online £395 £495

* The Annual tickets are available to buy in 10 monthly instalments to help spread the cost of our best value ticket. Just select this option on checkout - your first Direct Debit payment will be taken approximately 3-5 days after you purchase the pass. The pass itself will be sent to you within 5 working days and will start from when you receive it in the post.

New Route Numbers

To help simplify our normal timetables, and identify which bus to catch to school, journeys that go a different way to serve specific schools will receive a separate number. They will be known as the Silverstars routes.

The new numbers for all our school buses are below, most routes themselves will stay the same as current. 

The timetables for all routes (including our suggestions for potential alternative transport on our core routes where applicable) will be available shortly.

old number new number route (main schools in bold) ticket zone
981 81 Caversham Heights - Caversham - Kendrick School - St Joseph's College - Lower Earley - Bulmershe School simplyReading
22S 82 Caversham Road – Caversham Heights – Emmer Green – Highdown School (Reading zone) – Chiltern Edge School simplyNetwork
23S 83 Caversham Road – Caversham Park – Chiltern Edge School simplyNetwork
25S 84 Reading – Amersham Road – Peppard Road – Emmer Green– Highdown School (Reading zone) – Chiltern Edge School – Peppard Common simplyNetwork
16S 85 Reading – Norcot – Little Heath School simplyReading
33S 86 Ford’s Farm – Southcote – Meadway – Little Heath School simplyReading
26L 87 Reading – Southcote – Beansheaf – Calcot – Little Heath School simplyReading
15T 88 Reading – Tilehurst – Calcot – Theale Green School simplyNetwork
28S 89 Tilehurst – Purley – Pangbourne – Tidmarsh – Theale Green School simplyNetwork
26T 90 Reading – Southcote – Beansheaf – Calcot – Theale Green School simplyNetwork
New 91 Kentwood Circle – Oxford Road – Reading Girls School simplyReading
New 92 Wokingham – Eastheath – Finchampstead – Eversley – Eversley Cross – Bohunt School simplyNetwork
leopard 3 93 Shinfield Park – Earley – Winnersh - Wokingham – Barkham – Finchampstead – Bohunt School simplyNetwork

changes by school

Changes affecting Bohunt School

The new academic year sees Bohunt grow to its full capacity and this, combined with a non-standard timing of the school day, means that the leopard 3 service will no longer be able to divert to serve the school.

Students travelling from Reading can still use leopard 3, using bus stops near Hogwood Industrial Estate and then walking along the recently opened safe walking route to/from the school. The leopard 3b to/from Bracknell is also within walking distance in the same way. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough students travelling from these areas to justify a separate service.

Please note: We understand that substantial roadworks are being planned for September, which will affect our ability to serve Hogwood Industrial Estate. These works are outside of our control, and further information will be provided as soon things are confirmed.

The great news is that we are introducing two new, dedicated, services 92 and 93 to/from the school grounds from other areas:

  • 92  Wokingham, Eastheath, Finchampstead, Eversley, Eversley Cross
  • 93  Shinfield Park, Earley, Winnersh, Wokingham and then replacing the existing Leopard route Wokingham, Barkham, Finchamptead.

The school is in the simplyNetwork ticket zone.

Changes affecting Bulmershe School

No changes, except the 981 is renumbered 81. The school is still accessible via orange 13 & 14 as current. The school is in the simplyReading ticket zone.

Changes affecting Chiltern Edge School

The pink 22S, berry 23S and pink 25S are renumbered 82, 83, 84.

The new route 84 will run up to 15 minutes earlier than now to improve reliability arriving at the school. Routes 82 and 83 are otherwise the same as now. The school is in the simplyNetwork ticket zone.

Changes affecting Denefield School

No changes - the school is still accessible via sky blue 15a & 16 as now. The school is in the simplyReading ticket zone.

Changes affecting Highdown School

The pink 22S and pink 25S are renumbered 82 and 84.

The new route 84 will run up to 15 minutes earlier than now to improve reliability arriving at the school. Route 82 is otherwise the same as now.

The school is still accessible via berry 23 & 24 as now. The school is in the simplyReading ticket zone.

Changes affecting Gillots School

We will no longer run the 145 from Woodcote, but the same service is provided by Whites Coaches.

Changes affecting Little Heath School

No changes, except the sky blue 16S, yellow 26L & royal blue 33S are renumbered 85, 87 & 86. The school is still accessible via royal blue 33 as now. The school is in the simplyReading ticket zone.

Changes affecting Theale Green School

No changes, except the sky blue 15T, yellow 26T & route 28S are renumbered 88, 90 & 89. The school is still accessible via jet black 1 as now. The school is in the simplyNetwork ticket zone.

Changes affecting Reading Girls School

We have worked with the school who are supporting a new, direct service from Kentwood and Oxford Road to the school avoiding the town centre. This will be numbered 91.

other schools

We also runs buses on our main network (and the buses above) to the following schools: Abbey School, St Joseph’s College, Kendrick School, Blessed Hugh Faringdon, John Madejski Academy, Maiden Erlegh School (Earley and Reading), Prospect School, Reading College, Reading School, Reading Girls School, UTC Reading, The Wren School and Waingels College. We also serve Willink School amongst many others in the simplyNetwork zone.

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