URGENT action by transport bosses will mean school buses facing the axe can continue to run come September.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) has stepped in to coordinate cover for all 78 routes at risk after the BrightBus company announced its closure - finding replacement or alternative travel for all 32 affected schools.
Backed by the local authorities, £225,699 of emergency public funding will also be provided for the next academic year (2017/18) to support services carrying children entitled to free travel.
SYPTE Director of Public Transport, Ben Gilligan, said: “Since BrightBus announced its closure, we have been dedicated to making sure as many school services as possible can continue to run come September.
“Working closely with bus companies and affected schools, and with the support of the local authorities, we are pleased to have been able to put alternative travel arrangements in place for all routes at risk, and that there is a positive outcome to what could have been a different picture.
“While we have explored every avenue, the situation does mean some pupils will not have the direct links previously provided by BrightBus. Together with the schools, we are now focused on supporting those currently using the small number of services that will not be covered to plan alternative travel on the local bus network ahead of the start of next term.”
Revised bus timetable information for schools served by BrightBus will be published from Monday 17 July 2017 at travelsouthyorkshire.com/brightbus
Journey planning information for parents and pupils is available at travelsouthyorkshire.com, via Traveline on 01709 51 51 51 or Twitter @TSYalerts