Students at schools across Buckinghamshire are to benefit from more than 1,400 commercially run school bus places.
The extra places are being created across the county as part of Buckinghamshire County Council’s work to boost the number of school bus services provided by external operators.
Buckinghamshire County Council has worked with a number of local commercial bus operators to provide the bus spaces across 31 routes.
The extra places will be available from Monday 4th November 2019.
Parents and carers can buy tickets for students directly from the bus operators iwith ticket prices on the routes similar or even less than those on previous County Council commissioned routes. Most operators will offer the same range of payment options as before.
Anita Cranmer, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills and Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transportation at Buckinghamshire County Council, say: ‘It’s fantastic to see these new commercial school routes coming into operation. We have been running similar commercial services across 21 routes since September  with good success.
Safe travel is a key priority for us as we know it is for parents, and to achieve that we have ensured that operators must provide services in a way that complies with the very stringent national legislation that is in place for transport operators. We will be regularly monitoring to make sure this happens.
Working with commercial bus operators to provide school bus services means better services for parents both now and in the future, including the ability to extend the range of bus routes with more places and the potential for lower costs on ticket prices. This is a great example of how we are achieving that.‘
Further information about the new commercial school routes can be found on the Buckinghamshire County Council website at https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/education/school-transport/commercially-run-school-routes/.
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire County Council.