There will be changes to the local bus services into Cefn Saeson School, buses 251 and 252, from 2nd September. These changes are primarily to accommodate expected additional pupils, requests from parents about extensions/changes to pick up points and to improve efficiency in the overall service.
Notes for pupils and parents below.
Service 251 (Melin and Neath)
The existing bus and coach running this service will be split into two separate routes run by two service buses. See service 202 for further details.
The 251 will start at Castle Bingo at 07.54 (existing time) and will not serve Old Road Jct Gardners Lane (also known as Melyn Park); this will be covered by service 202 instead. 251 will still proceed to Neath as normal with no time changes.
The 251 will be the only bus dropping off at Castle Bingo in the afternoons.
In the mornings, the bus will display “251 Ridgewood Gardens” at the front, and at the school in the afternoon, the bus will display “251 Melin”.
Service 202 (Lodge Cross and Old Road/Melyn Park)
This service, which already runs between Neath and Heol Morfa in Briton Ferry during the daytime, will now extend to Cefn Saeson School each morning and afternoon replacing the coach service last academic year.
This bus will start at Lodge Cross each morning as requested by several parents whose children have had to make their own way to the Melin up until now.
It will then run along the Old Road and will be the only bus picking up and dropping off at Old Road Jct Gardners Lane (also known as Melyn Park). It will pick up at Melyn Park at the same time as the coach did, i.e. 07.45.
The bus will then head direct to Cefn Saeson as the coach does currently.
On the return journey, the bus will arrive as the other buses are leaving at 14.51 departing at 14.53. It will head down to Neath Bus Station (in addition to service 251) and on to Old Road Jct Gardners Lane/Melyn Park, Lodge Cross and finally Heol Morfa (afternoon only).
Service 202 will not drop off at Castle Bingo in the afternoons due to the one-way system; pupils for this stop will need to catch service 251, i.e. the same bus as in the morning.
In the mornings, the bus will display “202 Cefn Saeson” at the front, and at the school in the afternoon, the bus will display “202 Heol Morfa”.
Service 252 (Stockhams Corner and Westernmoor)
The bus will run 5 minutes earlier in the mornings, leaving Stockhams Corner at 07.54. There will be no other changes.
In the mornings, the bus will display “252 Cefn Saeson & Westernmoor” at the front, and at the school in the afternoon, the bus will display “252 Town Centre”.
A summary of which bus pupils will need to catch by road/bus stop follows:
|Old Road (all stops)||202|
|Neath Bus Station||AM: 251 only, PM: 251, 252 or 202|
|Lewis Road (Stockhams Corner)||252|
|Groves Road Shops||252|
|Pine Grove||252 (PM only)|
|Beacons View||252 (PM only)|
|Cimla Common||251, 252|
We do our best to provide enough capacity for all pupils and route our buses accordingly. However, these buses are normal public services rather than dedicated school buses, and because pupils are not allocated a space on each bus (and as such we are not aware of how many people will use the bus), we cannot guarantee that there will be enough capacity to carry every pupil waiting at each bus stop.
All our buses have standee capacity and are designed to carry a certain amount of seated and standing passengers safely with provision of handrails. It is not a requirement that pupils must be sitting down as the buses we provide are regular public service buses. The driver will not allow the total capacity of the vehicle to be exceeded, and as such, despite there being standing passengers, the bus will not be “overloaded”.
Tickets are bought from the driver on the bus. Pupils must show their valid ticket upon boarding every morning and afternoon. The price of a weekly ticket from September will be £8.50.
Click Links below to download new timetables from 2nd September: