Bus company continues to run Ferryhill college service despite timetable changes (From The Advertiser Series)
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Bus company continues to run Ferryhill college service despite timetable changes
2:48pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
PUPILS at a County Durham college have been given a dedicated bus service by an operator who was forced to cut its buses past the site.
Scarlet Band Buses ran a service which picked up passengers on Merrington Road, Ferryhill, outside of the Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College.
Pupils heading to and from the college used the service each day but the bus service brought in a new timetable this week which appeared to have dropped the school run.
Concerns had been voiced that the pupils, aged between 11-16-years, would suffer as a result of the timetable change.
Arriva does runs a service along Merrington Road which stops at bus stops along the road. The Scarlet Band bus though stops at the college itself.
But Scarlet Band states that it has brought in a new service this week for the pupils which runs Monday to Friday in term time to replace the old service.
Scarlet Band Buses runs the 110 service to take pupils to the college. It leaves Linden Road, Ferryhill, at 8.09am and it reaches the school at 8.20am.
The 110 service then returns to the school in the afternoon at 2.40pm to carry out the return journey.
Andrew Dolan, transport manager at Scarlet Band Buses, said: “There was too much competition with Arriva on that route.
“We were losing money and we had to make a hard decision to reduce the service.
“We’re running a bus for the pupils which will run during school times. We were never going to leave the school children without a bus service.”
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