Coaches loses Somerset County Council's school bus contract
County Council has this week terminated its school transport contract
with Avalon Coaches following performance concerns.
at several schools across Somerset have been informed of new travel
arrangements after the authority ended its transport contract today
transport arrangements have been put in place to transport 437 students
to and from the schools from Tuesday morning (September 26th).
contractors will start to collect schoolchildren attending a number
of schools in the Mendip and Sedgemoor areas from Tuesday morning,
replacing Avalon Coaches.
a change in supplier, there will be no other changes to the scheduled
routes or times of the school transport service, says the council.
affected schools have been made aware of the changes in supplier
today and parents/guardians are due to receive a text message from
Transporting Somerset if they have signed up to this service.
County Councils Cabinet Member for Childrens Services
Councillor Frances Nicholson said: "It is unfortunate that
we have had to take this step but getting children to and from school
is a big responsibility and we have to get it right."
are over 650 vehicles taking over 9,000 students to and from schools
across Somerset every day and it is paramount our transport suppliers
meet our high standards in ensuring these services run smoothly,
safely and efficiently."
Coaches have failed to meet our standards recently. Issues include
school transport failing to arrive at all and significant delays
to journey times. Somerset County Council has therefore instructed
new suppliers to run Avalons former transport services from
a set number of failings occur within a set time frame, Somerset
County Council can terminate a contract and it can select a number
of suppliers to cover the new service.
affected schools are Wedmore First School (Primary Schools), Wells
Blue, St Dunstans, Crispins, Chilton Trinity and Kings of
Wessex (secondary schools); Hugh Sexeys Middle School (Middle
school) and Coxley, Ashcott and Catcott.