Important update from Stagecoach
Message from Stagecoach. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stagecoach directly - southeast.enquiries@
'We are finally in a position to share with you the plan that has been agreed with KCC following guidance from the Department for Transport in relation to our school services.
All our school services will be running as usual albeit with a reduced capacity.
Some of our bus journeys will be running as ‘dedicated schools services’. This means they will only be available for young people to board if travelling to and from their place of education. The general public will not be able to use them, and, in accordance with government instructions, the current capacity limits will not apply.
We will be able to carry any young person on these services up to nearly the maximum seated capacity of the bus (no standing and no use of seats close to the driver or rear-facing). It is really important that students take a seat as soon as they get on board. A “dedicated school service” means that the bus will only drop off students at the school/s, the bus won’t drop off at other regular stops. If a bus usually serves more than one school it will drop students off at each school, as usual. KCC are happy for these services to carry students from more than one school.
The following services that serve schools in Ashford are being treated as “dedicated school services”: 124, 15S, 18A, 515, 516, 517, 518 and 519.
Unfortunately, when these services are full students will need to make use of the other services that serve your school.
These services, which are open to the public will still have to adhere to the current strict social distancing rules with a much reduced capacity. However, some of these bus journeys will be shadowed by another bus running behind. These shadow buses maybe operated by a different bus company. They will be there to provide back-up capacity if needed. We’re currently working with the County Council to decide which journeys will be shadowed, but we may need to swap and change depending on where the busiest journeys are.'