Council steps in with back-up school transport

Somerset County Council has stepped in to organise alternative school transport after a local bus company ceased to operate.

The Council was notified by Coombs Travel today that it will be ceasing to operate from tomorrow (4 Oct). Coombs Travel runs eight school bus contracts for the authority.

With the support of other operators, council officers have managed to find replacement services for all of the routes for tomorrow and will be making permanent arrangements as soon as possible.

Schools and parents are being notified about changes to bus operators and will be kept updated on any further changes. This article will also be updated.

Councillor John Woodman, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “This is an unfortunate situation completely out of our hands that we have had to respond to with no notice.

“We have done everything we can to avoid disruption and I’d like to say a big thank you to the operators and our staff who have pulled together to make sure there are services to get the children to school.

“Hopefully it will all work smoothly from tomorrow, but we’d ask for parents for extra patience and please keep checking for updates”.

The schools whose services will be provided by a different operator tomorrow are:

Kings of Wessex Secondary school (Cheddar) Hugh Sexeys Middle School (Blackford), Fairlands Middle School(Cheddar), King Alfred’s School (Burnham-on-Sea).