WM WW Extra Buses

Extra Buses for Selected Peak Time Journeys

24 August 2020

West Midlands Worcester and Warwickshire

As schools return in September, some services will have increased demand during peak times. By comparing data from 2019 and using passenger trends we have been able to work with local authorities across the region to identify services where school journeys could impact on social distancing measures and work towards providing a resolution.

With the assistance of Government funding from many of the local authorities involved, from 1st September we will be able to provide additional vehicles on selected journeys, to enable social distancing to be maintained and for those journeys to be undertaken safely.

All services are being regularly monitored and further changes may be made if required, please continue to check our website for the latest updates. Currently it is anticipated these service levels will be in place until October Half Term and services will be reviewed again at that point. 

West Midlands Region:

We will be providing an additional vehicle on the following busy school time journeys. The extra buses on these services will be available to the general public, therefore Government Guidelines regarding social distancing and the wearing of Face Coverings must be observed.

002 Weoley Castle to Merry Hill 07:50 From Merry Hill
    08:09 From Weoley Castle
    15:45 From Weoley Castle
    15:50 From Merry Hill
78 Sutton Coldfield to Queslett 07:30 From Queslett
    15:30 From Sutton
226 Merry Hill to Dudley 07:30 From Merry Hill
    07:40 From Dudley
    08:00 From Dudley
    14:50 From Merry Hill
    15:00 From Dudley
    15:10 From Merry Hill
228 Russells Hall to Kinver We will operate our normal timetable
Additional services will be operated by Green Bus arranged by Staffordshire County Council
229 Bilston to Dudley 07:25 From Dudley
    14:35 From Bilston
    15:05 From Bilston
    14:40 From Dudley
401E Walsall to Yew Tree 08:22 From Walsall (round trip)
    14:37 From Walsall (round trip)
E88 Erdington to Streetly 15:25 From Bishop Walsh School

Lichfield Area:

A number of different service amendments have been made to the 35 service to accommodate additional capacity during term time. Full details and revised timetable available on the service page here.

35 Walsall to Lichfield
   

Tamworth Area:

An extra bus will be available on the 6 service. This will be available to school children of Kingsbury School Only and will be subject to special social distancing guidelines detailed below. All Kingsbury pupils should catch this dedicated School bus and not the general public bus.

6 Tamworth to Kingsbury 07:55 From Tamworth
    15:20 From Kingsbury School

 

Redditch & Warwickshire Services:

The extra buses on the below services will be available to the general public, therefore Government Guidelines regarding social distancing and the wearing of Face Coverings must be observed on these services.

 27  Stratford to Broad Marston 07:50 From Barton 
 57  Redditch Circular 07:46 From Redditch Bus Station
    07:50 From Redditch Bus Station
    15:26 From Redditch Bus Station
    15:28 From Redditch Bus Station
58 Redditch Circular 07:46 From Redditch Bus Station
    07:50 From Redditch Bus Station
    15:26 From Redditch Bus Station
    15:28 From Redditch Bus Station
67 Redditch Circular 07:52 From Redditch Bus Station
    14:52 From Redditch Bus Station
70 Redditch to Astwood Bank 08:18 From Redditch Bus Station
    15:48 From Redditch Bus Station

Changes to dedicated school buses:

The extra bus on the below services will be designated as Dedicated School Bus Services Only. No members of the general public will be permitted to travel on these services. These services will be subject to the Dedicated School Journey social distancing guidelines show below.

70S Redditch to Astwood Bank 07:33 From Redditch  Bus Station
    15:03 From Ridgeway School
229* Stratford to Snitterfield 07:52 From Snitterfield
229S* Hockley Heath to Stratford Schools 07:20 From Hockley Heath

The following services will operate as normal but will be designated as Dedicated School / College Bus Services Only. No members of the general public will be permitted to travel on these services. These service will be subject to the Dedicated School Journey social distancing guidelines show below.

S77 Redditch to Ridgeway Middle School
R1 HOW College Shuttle Service (service commences 7th September)
B1 HOW College Shuttle Service (service commences 7th September)

An extra bus will be provided on the below 247 journeys and will be available to school children of Alcester Grammar School Only. This bus will be subject to the Dedicated School Journey social distancing guidelines show below.

All Other Pupils for any other school should catch the normal general public 247 bus and normal public service social distancing guidelines must be observed.

247* Redditch to Evesham 07:55 From Redditch
    16:00 From Alcester Grammar School

On Warkwickshire funded school services marked * students are encouraged to sit in the same seat when boarding the bus, a numbered seating plan will be displayed at the front of the bus for them as a guide.

Kidderminster Area:

We will be increasing the frequency of the 3 service during busy weekday peak school journey times to enable social distancing measures onboard to be maintained. The extra buses on the 3 service will be available to the general public, therefore Government Guidelines regarding social distancing and the wearing of Face Coverings must be observed on these services.

3 Kidderminster to Areley Kings Increased Frequency between 07:30 and 08:00
    Increased Frequency between 15:00 and 15:25

Changes to dedicated school buses:

The 302 will operate as normal. This service will be available to the General Public, therefore Government Guidelines regarding social distancing and the wearing of Face Coverings must be observed on these services.

302 Kidderminster to Worcester 6th Form College

Two vehicles will be provided on each of the 831 & 833 services. These will be designated as Dedicated School Bus Services Only. No members of the general public will be permitted to travel on these services. These service will be subject to the Dedicated School Journey social distancing guidelines show below.

831 Wolverley Secondary School to Proud Cross Ringway
833 Wolverley Secondary School to Kidderminster

The 9S and 292S service will operate as normal but will be designated as Dedicated School Bus Services Only. No members of the general public will be permitted to travel on these services. These service will be subject to the Dedicated School Journey social distancing guidelines show below.

9S Caunsall to Wolverley Secondary School (From Tues 2nd Sept)
292S Kidderminster to Cleobury Mortimer

 

Social Distancing Guidelines for Dedicated School Services:

Government guidelines state that children on dedicated school bus service or services which exclusively carry children / young people to their place of education, are subject to different social distance guidelines than normal General Public Bus Services.

If your child will be travelling on a School Service or a dedicated school children only bus, please be aware of these guidelines.

  • On dedicated school journeys, social distancing is recommended where possible. However, Children who attend the same school are considered to be within a social “Bubble”. Therefore children are permitted to sit next to other children from the same school as they attend. Full vehicle capacities will be permitted on dedicated school buses.
  • We currently have a ‘No Change Policy’ in place to minimise cash handling, Children paying cash fares should be provided with exact fare. We would encourage pupils to utilise pre-purchased Diamond M-tickets on their mobile phone if possible.
  • Government guidelines on wearing Face Coverings state that children on dedicated school services are not required to wear face coverings by Law. However Government bodies and local authorities advise that children over the age of 11 are recommended to wear face coverings on all public transport, including school services. Therefore we request that children over 11yrs do wear Face Coverings, unless they are exempt for health reasons.
  • Parents are requested to ensure their children are familiar with appropriate hygiene guidelines, such as regular hand washing, use of hand sanitiser, using tissues to catch sneezes and coughs and to dispose of these safely in the bin when they get home.
  • Sensible levels of conduct and behaviour are expected on all school services during this time. Reports of persistent problems around behaviour and non wearing of face coverings onboard will be reported to the school.
  • Parents should be aware that their child must NOT travel if they, or anyone in their household has symptoms of COVID-19.

Further Information:

For our latest social distancing and general travel guidance for passengers, click here

To find out more about Government guidelines on dedicated school services, please click here

 

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