More than 2,500 pupils, who are entitled to free school transport, have been taken safely to and from school this term despite the challenges posed by coronavirus.
Ahead of the new academic year Bath & North East Somerset Council worked with its partners to ensure entitled pupils travel needs were met by its free Home-to-School transport service. As a consequence of detailed planning, it’s contracted taxi, minibus and dedicated ‘closed-door’ coach services have operated daily since the start of term.
With the reduction in capacity on public bus services due to social distancing the region’s transport provider, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), provided extra funding for additional services at peak times on the key routes used by non-entitled pupils. These additional services will now continue to run until the Christmas holidays.
Parents, carers and pupils are being thanked for adhering to Covid guidelines when using dedicated school and public transport. Ahead of the new term please continue to follow all the rules on hand-washing, face coverings and social distancing.