BrightBus Runs Out Of Drivers

The Brightbus school bus service we recently announced was to cease operations in the summer has been brought forward due a shortage of drivers.

The following update has been released by the SYPTE.

BrightBus services to The Hayfield School, Doncaster

Further to my previous e-mails please be advised of a further update to BrightBus services which will be withdrawn from today, Monday 5 June due to a driver shortage.

Service 520 morning bus serving The Hayfield School.  The afternoon journey will run as normal.

Alternative arrangements:

First South Yorkshire has agreed to divert service 204 via Warning Tongue Lane to provide an alternative bus service for pupils traveling in a morning from the Bessacarr area.  This leaves Warning Tongue Lane at 0803.

Service 204 morning bus will operate via Bawtry Road, Church Lane, Goodison Boulevard, Packington Road, Warning Tongue Lane, Bawtry Road, Sheep Bridge Lane, Doncaster South P&R, Great North Road, Hurst Lane, and Hayfield lane (arriving 0813).

An afternoon bus diversion to service 204 for pupils returning from The Hayfield School to the Bessacarr area will be in operation from September 2017, following BrightBus’ closure.

Value for money tickets

Pupils traveling to school using local bus services may benefit from single and multi-operator tickets offering unlimited day, weekly and monthly travel at a discounted price for young people. These tickets are not valid on BrightBus services. More information is available on the Travel South Yorkshire child tickets and passes page: travelsouthyorkshire.com/childpasses/

Journey planning

Journey planning information for local public transport services can also be found on the Travel South Yorkshire journey planning page: travelsouthyorkshire.com/journeyplanning.

 

BrightBus services to Notre Dame Catholic High School, St Maries Catholic Primary School, High Storrs School and The McAuley School

Further to the e-mail below BrightBus has informed SYPTE and affected schools that the following services will be withdrawn after half-term (from Monday 5 June) due to a driver shortage.

 

One of two 786 afternoon buses serving Notre Dame Catholic High School and St Maries Catholic Primary School.

Service 715 (morning and afternoon buses) serving High Storrs School.

Service 584 morning bus serving The McAuley School.  The afternoon journey will run as normal.

Brightbus will also be amending the route of service 785 morning bus that serves Notre Dame Catholic High School and St Maries Catholic Primary School.

 

Notre Dame Catholic High School/St Maries Catholic Primary School

BrightBus will operate a revised 785 morning service, and provide a larger vehicle on the 786 afternoon service, to partially replace lost capacity.

The revised 785 will start at Abbeydale Road, operating Dobcroft Road, Ecclesall Road, Bents Road, Ringinglow Road and Ecclesall Road before operating the normal 785 route to Notre Dame/St Maries Schools.  It will run the opposite way along Dobcroft Road to normal.  Pupils on Carter Knowle Road can catch the revised 785 or the 786 on Dobcroft Road.

The revised 785 timetable will be posted on travelsouthyorkshire.com/brightbus/when available.

 

High Storrs School

Pupils travelling to and from the city centre are advised to use service 83 and 88.  These depart stops at Snig Hill and Leopold Street at approximately 0729, 0736 and 0746.

For those pupils along Psalter Lane, Service 4 will provide an alternative bus service directly to High Storrs School.  This leaves the city centre at 0738 and Psalter Lane/Kingfield Road at 0751.  The afternoon journey departs at 1501.

TM Travel has agreed to provide a larger vehicle on service 4 so that there is sufficient capacity for pupils.

 

The McAuley School

Pupils travelling in a morning from the Rossington area are advised to use service 56 to stops on Bawtry Road/Stoops Lane, use the signalised crossing over Bawtry Road and then walk to the school.  Service 56 departs Rossington, King Avenue/Nelson Road at 0739, 0753 and 0808. 

 

Next Steps

SYPTE continues to co-ordinate significant work behind the scenes, with local authorities and other commercial bus companies, to put alternative services in place following BrightBus’ announced closure.  We are committed to keeping schools, parents and pupils informed as these plans develop.

 

Value for money tickets

Pupils travelling to school using local bus services may benefit from single and multi-operator tickets offering unlimited day, weekly and monthly travel at a discounted price for young people.  Please note these tickets are not valid on BrightBus services.  More information is available on our child tickets and passes page.

 

Journey planning

Journey planning information for local public transport services can also be found on our journey planning page.  

 

Kind regards

 

Rachel Cowling

Communications Officer – External Relations

Telephone No. 0114 2211491

Mobile No. 07767 384563

e-mail: Rachel.Cowling@SYPTE.co.uk

 

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