Please see the letter below from Paul Johnson regarding the changes to the school buses from September 2016.
A copy of this and the timetables can be downloaded in the files below.
22 August 2016
As you will be aware, four of the bus routes previously transporting pupils to St. Marie’s, All Saints and Notre Dame – the 788, 791, 798 and 799 – are no longer operating.
Sheffield City Council (SCC) have been working closely with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) to find an alternative, and can now confirm that MASS Engineering Ltd – the company which provides the ‘Bright-buses’ – are revising two of their existing home to school routes to accommodate as many of the affected pupils as possible from September 2016.
These routes operate on a commercial basis, however they do accept mobility and zero-rated passes.
The timetables are attached, however the main points are:
- The 786 routes to St. Marie’s / Notre Dame will be accessible to pupils living around the Manor and Arbourthorne areas, however these will run in afternoons only i.e. from school to home.
- From Queens Road, one of the 786 buses will go up East Bank Road, whilst the other will go up Granville Road and City Road – both finish at the Manor Top terminus.
- The existing 779 route from Wincobank to St. Maries/Notre Dame is being diverted to also pick up pupils in the Crookes and Crookesmoor areas.
- The routes previously provided to/from All Saints have not been picked up by a commercial provider, and parent/carers/students will need to make alternative plans for the start of the new school year.
- Although this will mean a longer journey time for some students, weekly tickets available should ensure there is no increase in travel costs.
We appreciate that the ‘afternoon only’ arrangements for the 786 are not ideal, and SYPTE are liaising with other providers to see if this can be resolved on a commercial basis. Should this be successful, we will contact you again, however as things stand, you will need to make other arrangements to get your children to school in the mornings for the new school year starting in September 2016. It is worth noting that the majority of students living in the Manor and Arbourthorne areas will be within walking distance of the 120 bus, which goes direct to St. Marie’s.
As many parents will know, St. Marie’s employ an escort who previously supported children on the 799 route. It is not yet clear how the new arrangements will impact on this, however we are working with the school and the bus operator to find the best possible solution.
If you have any concerns about planning a new route to school for your child, you can contact the Advice & Conciliation Service within SCC by email
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