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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:29 pm 
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Hi

Does anyone have children travelling from Romford (or nearby) to Westcliff?
I am aware there are buses from here to Chelmsford but cant seem to see anything for Westcliff?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:54 pm 
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Train to Rayleigh then no.20? bus to Bridgwater Drive and ten-minute walk or continue on the train to Southend Victoria then bus no.21 or 29. There is a no.29 just before 8.15, I think, which terminates at the Westcliff schools.

No doubt there are privately-organised minibuses etc but public transport gives much more flexibility for taking part in after-school clubs, sports matches and so on. Quite a lot of girls come in to SHSG from metropolitan Essex by train, travelling onwards by bus in the opposite direction, similarly there are boys getting off at Prittlewell for SHSB.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:08 am 
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Thank you ToadMum

Seems an awful lot of changing buses/trains etc..think I'm just thinking my DS is still my little baby but he will be starting secondary school next year so I better get used to it :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:10 am 
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They soon get used to negotiating buses etc and it's a useful life skill to develop :). If you are going for the train/bus route, have a look for the Greater Anglia Scholars Season Tickets website. The other grammar schools in the Southend area subscribe to it so I expect WHSB does. You need to get a rail Photocard for your DS first, but then you can book termly or academic year season tickets at discounted child rates and add on a 'PlusBus' season (unfortunately not discounted) which saves having to remember the bus fare.

An alternative route is Romford-Upminster-Chalkwell (c2c), but it is a 20-25 minute walk to the school at this end, quite hilly to boot. Or Romford-Upminster-Southend Central, then 21 / 29 bus as before, but I doubt that too many do it that way.

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