Travelling to Itchen
At Itchen Sixth Form College, our wide and affordable travel links means students from all around Southampton and Hampshire travel to us. Our college bus pass for 2021-22 stands at just £425.
We are making some changes to the contract bus timings, to ensure that buses arrive on time for morning examinations during the remainder of this term.
These changes will commence on Friday (13th May) and will affect only the morning incoming routes (191 – 197). The mid-morning 291 -294 routes will be unaffected, as will the return routes leaving from college at lunchtime and at the end of the day.
The key changes are as follows:
191: Grange Park students will be served by an Itchen minibus, allowing the 191 to turn left into Wildern Lane from Botley. Earlier pick-up times from Wildern Lane to college (from Friday 13th).
192: Lowford and Pound Road to be served by 193 bus allowing 192 bus to use Bursledon Road and Orpen Road to get to college earlier. Lowford and Pound Road students now picked up (earlier) by 193 (from Friday 13th).
193: Bus will start 10 minutes earlier from start point, allowing it to serve Lowford and Pound Road. Earlier pick-up times throughout, and Lowford and Pound Road students will now be picked up by 193 (from Friday 13th).
194: No changes.
195: Bus will no longer serve Church Road, Osborne Road or Pitchponds Road in Warsash. It will travel directly along Warsash Road to the Clock Tower (from Friday 13th).
196: Bus will start 10 minutes earlier from Hamble Square. Earlier pick-up times but no route changes (from Friday 13th).
197: Bus will no longer serve Castle Lane, Templars Way or Asda (Chandlers Ford). It will instead travel directly along the A27 to Chilworth Roundabout. Earlier pick-uo times from Chilworth roundabout to college (from Friday 13th).
Please see this attachment for more details.
With seven different contract bus routes, we support students travelling from Bishops Waltham; Hedge End; Whiteley; Park Gate; Gosport; Lee-on-the-Solent; Bishopstoke; Chandler's Ford; Fareham; Warsash; Hamble; Netley; Romsey; Baddesley; Swaythling; and more! See our full bus routes for more details.
On each of the 7 contract bus services, there will be a lunchtime service to and from college, in addition to the regular morning and afternoon services. This will enable students with no morning lesson to travel to college at lunchtime for their afternoon session. Similarly, if they have a morning session but no timetabled lesson in the afternoon, they will be able to get home easily at lunchtime, at no additional cost.
Bus 191 - Bishops Waltham/Fair Oak/Hedge End
Bus 192 - Whiteley/Park Gate
Bus 193 - Gosport/Lee-on-the-Solent/Stubbington
Bus 194 - Bishopstoke/Eastleigh/Chandlers Ford/West End
Bus 195 - Portchester/Fareham/Titchfield/Locks Heath/Warsash
Bus 196 - Hamble/Netley/Sholing
Bus 197 - Romsey/Baddesley/Chilworth/Swaythling/Portswood
You can now also download our 'Rygo' bus tracking app at: rygo.com. This will enable you to track your bus in real time.
Contract buses will stop at any bus stop on the published route, but please be sure to ‘flag down’ the bus, so that it is clear to the driver that you want the bus to stop. The bus will not stop unless you do this. Bus timetables show estimated departure times from stops – the actual departure times will vary depending on traffic flow, so please arrive at your stop at least five minutes before the published time. On occasions, buses will be delayed due to circumstances beyond our control, but we communicate emergency issues to students by using our Twitter feed @ItchenTransport.
Students from Totton and the Waterside have the option of using Bluestar services of the 8, 9, 11 or 12 and transferring at Southampton Central Station to the Bluestar 18, which will drop students off within walking distance to the college. Bluestar has several options for bus passes and for more information, you can contact our Transport Officer or visit the Bluestar website.
If you own a car then we have free parking available on the college grounds and we issue parking permits to students who wish to use it. You will need to provide your car and insurance details to Michelle Payne, the Transport Officer, in Student Services, who will provide you with a parking permit. please be aware that there is limited parking on the college campus and your parking permit does not guarantee you an allocated space. Street parking is available on the nearby roads, but students are asked to respect local residents and to park carefully.
We have lots of parking available for bikes. It is the student's responsibility to bring a heavy duty lock, such as a D-lock, for their bike.
Motorcycles and Mopeds
Motorcycle and moped parking is available for around forty vehicles behind the North Block. This parking area is covered and is accessible via the White's Road entrance to the college.
Our nearest train station is Sholing, which is a fifteen minute walk from college along Middle Road and then right into Station Road. Bikes can be taken on most local trains, and this arrangement works well for many students.
There is a very good service from Fareham to Sholing, via Burseldon and Hamble. The train service from Totton requires a short change at Southampton Central.
Town Quay Marina is situated approximately 2.5 miles from Itchen and serves ferries from Hythe and East Cowes. Subsidised student tickets are available for Isle of Wight residents from Red Funnel.