THIS year our direct bus services were put out for tender in a bid to get the best deal for the college and our students.
The process took longer than expected and that is why the new arrangements have only been announced over the summer.
Our new contracts with Warrington’s Own Buses and Springfield offer excellent value for money for both students and the college.
The old routes (P3 and P4) to and from Earlestown / Newton le Willows and Culcheth / Birchwood are now covered by Warrington’s Own Buses and give students far more flexible travel arrangements.
In the past one of the biggest barriers to students buying an annual pass was the significant up front cost. This year if a student signs up for an annual pass they will need to pay just £35 a month (this is done by opting to pay the £420 annual pass on a monthly basis).
We will continue to subsidise the Culcheth, Birchwood and Earlestown routes by paying for the last two months of the pass, July and August, for those students who complete the academic year with a high level of regular attendance.
This will mean the annual cost will be only £350, about the same or even less than for those who are paying £1 per journey per day. This information is not in Warrington’s Own Buses booklet but we intend to make this clear at registration.
Students with the annual pass will be able to use it on all Warrington’s Own bus services throughout the year.
In the morning there will be journeys where students will not have to change at the Bus Interchange but they will need to do this for the return journey.
However Warrington’s Own Buses have assured us they will monitor the situation and revise arrangements if necessary.
As ever, students who face financial difficulty will be able to apply for the full cost to be covered by the Bursary schemes.
Where the routes are £1 per journey students will not be able to use their college pass on other Warrington’s Own Bus services and will need to pay additional costs as has always been the case on those routes.
Travelling to Priestley College could not be easier. We are situated just off of the A49 in South Warrington (Wilderspool Causeway) which means there is excellent access to numerous local bus routes run by Warrington Transport, Halton Transport or Arriva.
We are also within easy walking distance of the town centre and the two main train stations.
Warrington’s Own Buses and Springfield run a number of direct services to college including routes from:
Irlam and Cadishead
Culcheth and Birchwood
Penketh and Great Sankey
Newton Le Willows and Burtonwood
For more details about travelling to Priestley click on the following links: