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Rotherham School Bus Changes

Published: Monday, 18th September 2017

As you will be aware, Brightbus who provided school bus transport for approximately 12,000 pupil journeys each day, ceased to trade in July.

As you will be aware, Brightbus who provided school bus transport for approximately 12,000 pupil journeys each day, ceased to trade in July. The bus partnership has been working with the education transport team at the local authority and the schools to secure as many replacement bus services as possible.

Whilst this has worked across most of the network, with very few comments from the 32 affected schools, there have been some problems arising that we would like to address following discussions with the schools and the bus operators.

We would to like to take this opportunity make you aware of the changes that have either already been made or will be made as quickly as practicable. If you have any comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Details of the changes are as follows:

Aston Academy Service 655 has been arriving late in a morning and will therefore operate up to 10 minutes earlier in order to arrive at school on time.
Service 627 has been arriving late to school but also waiting at stops along the route so will have an amended timetable to assist with its arrival at school on time.
Wales High School Service 28 at 0715 from Rotherham (new journey that was introduced as part of the school journeys) will instead run as a service 29 and terminate at Kiveton Park and not run to Dinnington. Service X5 is available instead for passengers 7 mins later.
Service 28 at 0742 to start at Little Mester (North Anston) at 0748 to better distribute the loadings between the three departures.
Service X5 at 0748 to depart at 0746 and provide more time to travel to school
Service X5 at 0803 will depart earlier at 0801 and provide more time to travel to school
Service 27 at 1420 will be a service 28 instead from Rotherham
Service 28 at 1446 will be a service 27 instead from Rotherham
Service 27 at 1520 from Crystal Peaks - Swallownest is replaced by a 1445 & 1545 journey so is an additional journey for the general public either side of the current trip.
Service X55 at 1432 from Sheffield will only run as far as Aston Comp
Service X5 will run at 1442 (5 minutes earlier)
Service X54 will run at 1457 (5 minutes earlier)
St Bernard’s Catholic High School The additional journey from Dinnington to St Bernards School at 0755 in a morning is currently arriving late for the school start. Stagecoach have been asked if this journey could run between 5 and 10 minutes earlier.
St Pius X Catholic Academy A duplicate bus is currently being provided on service 664 for pupils living in Barnsley. If demand is high enough we envisage that this duplicate journey will be retained by the operator.

Wales has a very complicated mixture of pupil movements with pupils from Rotherham, Sheffield, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire attending the school. These initial changes will help address the issue of buses arriving at the school late. Further changes may, however, be required to assist the school with getting the correct number of pupils on to each service. We will continue to work with the school to provide the appropriate transport levels.