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Lights Go Out For Brightbus

One of the daily sights around Doncaster are the bright green double-decker buses that provide school children with a lift to school and home. But they are soon to disappear as the company is  to close down.

The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive are liaising  with the current owner of Brightbus and the schools served to devise a replacment scheme. Schools in our area are affected:

Don Valley Academy

Outwood Academy Adwick.

The full list can be seen below:



The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) were advised late last week by Brightbus’s Managing Director, Mr Mick Strafford, that he intends to close the business down at the end of this academic year.

Brightbus has been a key player in our market since the late 1980s and have done a lot of work to build relationships with schools and parents to encourage the safe and direct travel for young people.  The child concessionary scheme has been a key part of the success of the Brightbus model.  They currently provide commercial school services across South Yorkshire with approximately 11,000 journeys each day.  These services run without any funding from the local authority or SYPTE.

Reasons for the closure of business

Mr Strafford has advised that the company is financially sound but the decision to close is being driven by his personal health.

Next steps

We are writing to schools to assure them that we are working to minimise the impact that this news will have.  Together with the local authority, schools and other commercial bus operators, we are working to identify how the broader network will be affected by this change and where necessary discuss options for alternative arrangements from September 2017

Keeping you updated

Attached is a list of the schools which will be affected by Brightbus’s closure.

We will be in touch with you in the near future as plans start to develop.  However, if you have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards

Rachel Cowling

Communications Officer – External Relations

Telephone No. 0114 2211491

Mobile No. 07767 384563

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


Brightbus closure of business – affected schools

School District Service(s)
All Saints’ School Sheffield 790
Ash Hill Academy Doncaster 555
Aston Academy Rotherham 671, 672, 673, 674, 675
Balby Carr School Doncaster 518
Barnsley Academy Barnsley 481, 482, 483
Bradfield School Sheffield 763, 764, 765, 766, 767
Brinsworth Comprehensive School Rotherham 640, 642
The Dearne ALC Barnsley 407, 408
Dinnington Comprehensive School Rotherham 619
Don Valley Academy Doncaster 529, 530
Hayfield School Doncaster 520, 521, 522, 523
High Storrs School Sheffield 715
Horizon Community College Barnsley 478, 479
Hungerhill School Doncaster 574, 575
Maltby Academy Rotherham 630
The McAuley School Doncaster 580, 581, 583, 584, 585
Netherwood ALC Barnsley 449
Newfield School Sheffield 721, 722, 723
Notre Dame School Sheffield 779, 780, 781, 782, 783, 784, 785, 786
Outwood Academy Adwick Doncaster 532
Outwood Academy City Sheffield 710
Parkwood School Sheffield 733
Ridgewood School Doncaster 540, 541, 542, 543
St Bernard’s High School Rotherham 667, 668, 669
St Pius X School Rotherham 660, 662, 664, 665
Sir Thomas Wharton Community College Doncaster 551
Stocksbridge High School Sheffield 777, 778
Tapton School Sheffield 751
Wales High School Rotherham 632, 633, 634, 635, 636, 638, 639
Wath Academy Rotherham 648, 649



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