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Canon Slade School

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an excellent education within a Christian environment
to fulfil individual potential and to prepare pupils
for life and service in a rapidly changing world. Ora et Labora
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Transport and Buses


Latest update:

The school has been informed that Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is reviewing its provision of bus services for pupils who live in the Borough and attend schools in Bolton. Currently four designated school buses are provided and these carry a mix of pupils, some of whom are provided with free transport under the Council’s statutory duty and others who travel as fare-paying passengers. 

 An online consultation for residents of the Borough opened on Monday 6th March 2023 and will conclude on Friday 19th May 2023. If you are unaware of this consultation and are a resident of one of the relevant communities, please use the following link to ensure any concerns that you have are raised:

Home to School Transport Consultation | Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

 Updated 22.5.23 - Please note the above consultation has now concluded. This article is for information only.


Unfortunately we have been notified by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council that the 981 bus service will cease to operate from September due to a lack of funding. Whilst we have no jurisdiction over the services provided to the school, we have expressed our concern that this will leave a number of families in a difficult situation in terms of transport for their children to and from school.

The council have suggested the following (limited) alternatives…


Darwen (07.56) to Hall I’th Wood (08.11) – currently £2.80 return.


Darwen Bus Station (07.53 or 08.08) Service 1 to Astley Bridge Asda (arrives 08.17 or 08.32) then 1.5 mile walk along Crompton Way and Tonge Moor Road to school. There is also Service 525 on Crompton Way (08.20) which may connect and take students to Tonge Moor Road junction.

Apologies for this significant inconvenience, We do hope you are able to find suitable alternatives.

Latest Bus Service Information

Please read the following document from Transport for Greater Manchester which provides information on the school bus services effective from September 2022:

TfGM Canon Slade Bus Services From September 2022

Contact information for Bus Services

All queries/comments regarding the bus services provided by TfGM should be sent to: 

Additional Information

Our primary bus operator, TgFM has a useful website that allows you to check timetables, provides news and information on bus routes:

Transport for Greater Manchester Website

Before travelling to and from school it is important to plan-ahead and consider different options.

Transport for Greater Manchester has a dedicated School’s Hub, with information about public transport services, tickets and passes, latest travel guidance and advice around cycling and walking.

If you can, please consider whether your child can walk or cycle to school – it can be a safe and healthy way to make shorter trips. With new cycling and walking routes popping up across the region, it is safer and easier than ever to get about on foot or by bike.

If you do need to drive, please switch off your engine when waiting outside to reduce air pollution and, if possible, try parking further away and walking the last part of the journey.