Getting to Ballard School - Transport Options

By Road

The school is located half a mile north of New Milton town centre on the B3058. Entry to the school grounds is by way of an entrance only private drive which feeds into a one-way system for safety. The main car park and drop-off lane to serve the Lower-Prep, Upper-Prep and Senior school and there is a smaller car park to the rear of the grounds for Nursery and Pre-Prep.  Exit from the school grounds is via an exit only gate back onto the B3058.

Our School Bus Service

The School offers an excellent service covering East Dorset and West Hampshire. Coverage includes Bournemouth, Poole, Canford Cliffs, Westbourne, Charminster, Queens Park, Southbourne, Ferndown, Christchurch, Highcliffe, Beaulieu, Ringwood, Burley, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Minstead, Sway, Brockenhurst, Boldre, Bransgore, Burton and Pennington.

Our buses are all modern and regularly renewed. All drivers are MiDAS trained or have a full bus/coach licence and have a full DBS Criminal Record Bureau clearance. Buses are scheduled to arrive at school by 8.30am and leave school for home at 5.10pm. Routes are regularly under review and we will try to meet individual requirements where possible.

Train Service

New Milton railway station is only five minutes level walk from the school grounds. The station is on the main Waterloo to Bournemouth/Weymouth line with trains running to and from Southampton and Bournemouth/Poole every half an hour. In the darker winter months, the school provides a minibus service for children to and from the station in the mornings and evenings. Please ask the transport manager for information.

from West

08:00  Southampton

08:05  Totton

08:17  Brockenhurst

08:21  Sway

08:26  arrive New Milton

from East

08:10  Bournemouth

08:14  Pokesdown

08:18  Christchurch

08:24  Hinton Admiral

08:29  arrive New Milton

(Extract from South West Trains Timetable)

In the afternoon, there are at least two trains per hour leaving for stations to Bournemouth and Southampton.

Bus Routes

BUS 1

Poole (Penn Hill)

Canford Cliffs

Westbourne

Iford

BUS 2

West Parley

Ferndown

Ringwood

Burley

BUS 3

Bournemouth

Talbot Woods

Kings Park

Southbourne

BUS 4

Charminster

Queens Park

BUS 5

Ashurst

Lyndhurst

Emery Down

Brockenhurst

Sway

BUS 6

Verwood

Ringwood

Crow

Bransgore

BUS 7

Norleywood

Boldre

Lymington

Pennington

Everton

BUS 8

Southbourne

Tuckton

Christchurch

Mudeford

Highcliffe

BUS 9

Dibden Purlieu

Beaulieu

Brockenhurst

Lymington

Pennington

Everton

If the current route/area does not meet with your needs the minibus co-ordinator will be happy to discuss re–routing one of our buses if possible.

Email:  transport@ballardschool.co.uk