‘Buses are not up to stan­dard’ par­ents’ claim

Break-downs and de­lays in ser­vices

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PAR­ENTS have raised con­cerns over school trans­port af­ter buses turned up late and an­other broke down.

Bucks County Coun­cil has said it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether a bus on the 902 route was ‘fit for pur­pose’ af­ter com­plaints by par­ents.

It fol­lows com­plaints over home to school trans­port since changes were made to the routes and pick up times, as well as the ser­vice chang­ing from Ash­ford to Neil’s.

One mother, Tracy Hoekema, of Knotty Green, Bea­cons­field, has triplets at­tend­ing the Royal Gram­mar School, in High Wy­combe.

The mother-of-four has said the ser­vice has been late more than once, with a de­lay of 20 min­utes one morn­ing.

“I had to take the boys to school my­self,” she said. “Which in turn makes my daugh­ter late for school.

“I spoke to Neales Taxis and they apol­o­gised and said it was due to the bus be­ing used late at night and not be­ing clean enough in the morn­ing.

“I don’t think this ac­cept­able.”

She added that par­ents have asked for a cus­tomer phone line so they can raise is­sues more eas­ily.

Mrs Hoekema said the bus was also late on Fe­bru­ary 3 when her son was only col­lected from Knotty Green stop off at 8.25am in­stead of 8.05am.

The bus only reached as far as Sir Wil­liam Ram­say School by 9.25am and turned back due to bad weather.

She added: “My boys were more than an hour on the bus and he dropped them back at their start point in Knotty Green.


“The other bus ser­vice Ash­ford Travel man­aged to get the boys to school as school was open why can’t Neales Taxis pro­vide the same good ser­vice and bet­ter qual­ity of buses to cope in con­di­tions such as snow.

“In ad­di­tion the first week of term in Septem­ber the bus broke down which in­di­cates to me that they are not prop­erly main­tained.”

Bucks County Coun­cil said buses are reg­u­larly in­spected.

A spokesman added the move from Ash­ford to Neales was to make sav­ings but the agree­ment was to keep pick-up and drop off points.

Ad­dress­ing the 902 re­turn­ing, the spokesman said this was due to ‘ad­verse weather con­di­tions’.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing car­ried out to es­tab­lish if the bro­ken down bus was not fit for pur­pose.

So­phie Lofty, 14, and Will Fisher, 13, tak­ing part in In­ter­net Safety Day at Che­sham Gram­mar School PUPILS at a school took part in ses­sions to help them learn to be safer on­line.

Stu­dents at Che­sham Gram­mar School in White Hill took part in Safer In­ter­net Day on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 10.

The pupils learned about the po­ten­tial dan­gers they could face on­line and how to com­bat th­ese, both at school and at home.

Ses­sions also took place on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day in or­der to give pupils the best pos­si­ble pro­tec­tion while us­ing the in­ter­net.

Pho­tos by Grant Humphreys BE150825


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