Somerset County Council has stepped in to organise alternative transport after a local bus company ceased to operate.
The Council was given no prior notice of a decision by Nippybus taken late yesterday (Sunday) to cease operating with immediate effect.
Nippybus ran several school and public bus contracts as well as a number of demand responsive transport (DRT) services and private services.
More than 300 students were affected across 4 schools – Stanchester Academy, Huish Episcopi Academy, Ansford Academy and Keinton Mandeville Primary School – this morning. Although the majority of services did run, some were delayed by up to an hour.
With the support of other operators, council officers have managed to find replacement services for all of the routes for this afternoon and from tomorrow, and will be making permanent arrangements as soon as possible.
Text messages were sent to parents to advise them of delays and alternative arrangements.
A number of public bus services were also affected and council officers have been working with bus operators to find replacements.
County Tickets will continue to be valid on all replacement services.
The following information was correct at 5pm on 16 November
N8 Yeovil to West Coker / N9 Martock to Yeovil.
A new combined service 52 operated by Buses of Somerset will be in place from Wednesday 1 November on an emergency basis, also covering Bower Hinton which was affected by the cancellation of the N10 service a few weeks ago. Details of the new Route 52 Timetable are now available here.
667 Street to Wincanton
South West Coaches have taken on this service and will run the same timetable as before from Tuesday 31 October
669 Shepton Mallet to Street
From Monday 20 November, the 669 will be operated by Frome Minibuses between Shepton Mallet and Street. There is a revised timetable in place for this service.
N6 Demand Responsive Bus Service into Martock
From Monday 20 November a new local bus service will commence between Puckington and Martock serving several places previously served by the N6 (see timetable below). There will be one return journey allowing just over two hours in Martock. This service numbered 633 will be provided by Hatch Green Coaches.
N8 Demand Responsive Bus service
From Monday 20 November a new local bus service will commence serving a number of villages including Over Stratton, Chiselborough, West Chinnock, Hardington Mandeville, Hardington Moor and Higher Odcombe previously served by the Nippybus N8 that have no alternative bus services This service numbered 44 will be operated by Somerset County Council providing a direct link to Yeovil and returning two hours later.
N11 Demand Responsive Bus Service
A new service numbered 665 was introduced on Tuesday 14 November to replace service N11. It will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays providing one return journey into Yeovil. The service is being operated by Mendip Community Transport.
None of these services require pre booking and passengers can hail the bus from all bus stops along the line of route. For further details please contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 or contact the operators direct.