WITH regard to the changes in school bus routes from September, I just wonder how carefully the whole issue has been thought through.
My son travels to St Peter's School from Cheswick Green and has received a free bus pass since he started in Year 7 four years ago.
At first he tried to use the 894 'school bus', but having faced bullying (being one of a minority of non-Alderbrook pupils on the bus), and on occasion being asked by Alderbrook staff about his right to enter their school grounds in order to catch the bus in the afternoons, he decided it was just as easy to get the regular No 4 bus to the stop by the Sixth Form College and walk up Whitefields Road to school.
This was no problem as both the 894 and 4 were run by WMT and so his pass was valid on either bus.
However, the 894 is now being taken over by Claribels and I understand that the free pass will only be valid on Claribels buses. I would therefore ask:
1. Will the new 894 be a genuine Blossomfield schools bus and stop at both Alderbrook and St Peter's Schools or equidistant between the two, or will it still be essentially an Alderbrook School bus which others can use?
2. If, as my phone conversations with SMBC have led me to believe, the second scenario is true, is Olympic sprinting about to be introduced to the St Peter's PE curriculum in order that pupils who do not finish until 3pm can make it to Alderbrook by the time the last bus leaves at 3.15pm?
3. Will we be able to claim refunds for all bus fares paid when pupils stay after school for sports matches, GCSE revision classes etc?
No wonder WMT did not tender for school bus travel - they were aware of all the extra money they could rake in from pupils with 'free' bus passes who can't use them!
Mrs Hilda Burnett, Spinney Drive, Cheswick Green