Transport

Transport to and from the School is an important issue for our parents and pupils, the majority of whom live more than 5km away. The School has taken a travelproactive approach in this area; we are committed to providing sustainable travel and offering parents and pupils a range of transport options.

The current Travel Guide is available here (updated March 2017)

Travel by Bicycle

A small number of pupils and a regular group of staff cycle to school each day. We are able to provide covered cycle storage and were fortunate to obtain a grant of matched funding from Sustrans providing additional storage.

Travel by Car

A number of parents choose to drop their daughters off on their way to work in the morning and use a bus service in the afternoon. We are able to help parents who wish to car-share, either in the morning or the afternoon.

Parents dropping and collecting their daughter by car are requested to arrange to do so at a safe distance from the School and avoid picking up or dropping off on the zig-zag or double yellow lines or parking opposite the School gates or in front of neighbours’ gateways.

Travel by bus or public transport

The following bus services are available:

Shuttle Bus

Withington Girls’ School and Manchester High School for Girls together run a SHUTTLE BUS service, connecting both schools with the major travel links into Manchester.

This service is open to any pupil at either school and costs just £1 per journey. Alternatively, a termly ticket can be purchased from School.

Whether your daughter travels into Manchester by train or tram, or you work in the city centre and would find it more convenient to drop your daughter off at one of Manchester’s mainline stations, this could be the perfect service for you. Many girls come in from places such as Bolton, Bury, Whitefield and Warrington and connect with the Shuttle with the greatest of ease. The Shuttle bus then drops them directly at the School gates.

It is a flexible service and girls can either pay £1 per journey (on the day) or parents can buy a termly pass.

Getting to School

First bus (double decker)
Departing Victoria Station 7.55 am
Departing Piccadilly 8.10 am
Arrival at School 8.30 am

Second service (coach)
Departing Victoria Station 8.13 am
Departing Piccadilly 8.25 am
Arrival at School 8.45 am

We hope that these times will connect well with trains/trams and the second service will assist girls if an incoming train/tram is late.

Getting Home

After School Service

WGS 3.50 pm
Oxford Rd Station 4.15 pm
Piccadilly Station 4.25 pm
Victoria Station 4.40 pm

5.15 PM Service

WGS 5.15 pm
Oxford Rd Station 5.35 pm
Piccadilly Station 5.45 pm
Victoria Station 6.00 pm

Private Services

Davenport, Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle – Service 158 – run by Bullock’s Coaches

We are now able to offer parents a privately-run service by Bullocks Coaches.  The service will be shared with Manchester High School for Girls.  Parents need to buy a termly or annual pass.

To obtain further information please call Bullocks on 0161 428 5265. (NB This  route used to be operated by First Buses, but ended in July 2016 )

A timetable can be viewed here.  This is correct as of 17th August 2016, but any subsequent information communicated by Bullocks will over-ride this information. Application forms and further details are made available to current parents on a regular basis.

Late Service

The School will continue to offer a Late Service (at 5.15 pm) from Monday to Thursday.  This service will pick girls up at the front of School and will take part of the 158 route (to John Lewis) before going on to Bowdon.  Girls who have an annual pass will be able to use the Late Service for no additional charge.  Ad-hoc use of the late bus will also be possible on purchase of a ticket (£2) from Reception.

Bowdon, Hale, Hale Barns: Private 141 and Private 241
(the 241 is a supervised service primarily for Junior School and Year 7 pupils)

This is a  privately run service by Bullocks Coaches.  The services will be shared with Manchester High School for Girls and  50-seater coaches (with seat-belts) have been assigned to these routes.  Parents will need to buy a termly or annual pass.  To obtain further information please call Bullocks on 0161 428 5265. (NB This  route used to be operated by First Buses, but ended in July 2016 )

A timetable can be viewed here.  This is correct as of 17th August 2016, but any subsequent information communicated by Bullocks will over-ride this information. Application forms and further details are made available to current parents on a regular basis.

Please note that the cost of the supervisor is paid separately to the administrator of this service.

Late Service

The School will continue to offer a Late Service (at 5.15 pm) from Monday to Thursday.  This service will pick girls up at the front of School and will take part of the 158 route (to John Lewis) before going on to Bowdon.  Girls who have an annual pass will be able to use the Late Service for no additional charge.  Ad-hoc use of the late bus will also be possible on purchase of a ticket (£2) from Reception.

This section was updated in July 2016

• McCarthy’s

This is a privately run service to Macclesfield, Prestbury, Alderley Edge and Handforth. Contact number 01625 425060

Timetable for McCarthy’s coach TWO
WILMSLOW – HANDFORTH

Timetable for McCarthy’s coach THREE
MACCLESFIELD – PRESTBURY – ALDERLEY

• Bullocks

This is a privately run service to Knutsford. Contact number 0161 428 5265

• Maynes

This is a privately run service to Stockton Heath, Warrington and Lymm. Contact number 01925 445588

• Finglands

Private service to and from Prestwich and Cheetham Hill. Contact number 0161 225 3333 or coaches@finglands.co.uk

• Belle Vue

A ‘Worsley Shuttle’ service (privately run by Belle Vue Coaches) takes the route of the former 146/148 First services

This private service, run by Belle Vue Coaches, operates a fast and direct route to the School. Termly passes are available or a single ticket can be purchased directly from the driver. Please call Bell Vue Coaches for more information on 0161 947 9477 or email mike@bellevue-mcr.com

Following a series of requests the service will change from its existing route/timings to the following:

worsley-shuttleThe bus will return the same route in the afternoon collecting children from MHSG and MGS at the end of Old Hall Drive/Wilmslow Road at 16.05 and then continue to WGS.

Please note, this bus will no longer service the Urmston area.

The daily rate if purchased in advance as a term pass will be £5.50 per day. If paid daily to the driver the cost will be £4 each way. Belle Vue Coaches will continue to review the patronage of this service and envisage a reduction in the cost of travel if the service becomes more popular.

If there is insufficient demand for Term passes we will have no option but to withdraw the service.

Parents wishing to purchase a Term pass can do so by contacting Belle Vue and pay by credit/debit card, a pass will then be issued ready for the start of term in January. Passes will need to be renewed each term giving plenty of time for delivery, there will be no reminder to renew.

Should you have any questions regarding the Worsley Shuttle you can contact Belle Vue Coaches on 0161 947 9477 or mike@bellevue-mcr.com<mailto:mike@bellevue-mcr.com> – Monday to Friday 09.00 – 17.00 only

More about the Whitefield and Prestwich Service offered by Finglands

• The former 149 route is now operated as a private service by Finglands Coachways from September 2013 and will serve WGS, MGS and MHSG. Places are available by application and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

• The route is broadly the same as the former 149 service

• Finglands have taken into account the slightly different term dates of each of the three schools and the service runs on every day of term for each school.

Late Bus Services

Late Shuttle to Mainline Railway Stations in Central Manchester (leaving School at 5.15pm). The late service enables girls who stay for after-school activities to take a bus into the City and connect with the tram/train as appropriate.
• Late McCarthy’s Bus – McCarthy’s run a late service for girls who are booked on their regular service. This collects girls at 5.20 pm for travel to Handforth, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Prestbury and Macclesfield. There is limited availability for this service and parents need to contact McCarthy’s directly if they wish their daughters to use it.

• Late bus covering part of 158/141 route

Following parental demand, we have introduced another shared Late Bus  which will cover the following route: Didsbury – Cheadle Royal (John Lewis) – Altrincham. This is a shared service with Manchester High School for Girls and operates on four days per week (Mondays to Thursdays, NOT Fridays) .

LateBuses

 

Public Bus Services commonly used by pupils

Public buses

 

Contact

 Name Telephone  Email
Mrs Ann Easton  0161 224 1077 office@wgs.org
Mrs Sharon Senn 0161 224 1077 senns@wgs.org
Dr Sue Madden 0161 224 1077 maddens@wgs.org

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