Pupils at Southend High School for Girls and Futures College, both in Southchurch Boulevard, Southend, are affected by revisions to First and Arriva services.
Children are now having to get up extra early to ensure they have time to change buses after the number 27 First bus service stopped travelling along Southchurch Road and instead terminates at Southend bus station.
By a whole extra 15 minutes. Sunita and Bina will be getting up a petition at this rate…
Never mind, kids, think of it as great preparation for the world of work!
It is exacerbated by the new number 28 service, running right past the schools, only being operated on an “occasional basis” .
They can usually only catch it on their return journey.
Well, half a loaf is better than nothing!
Audrey Snee, from Leigh, whose daughter is in Year 7 and gets the bus at the Elms, said: … the changes confused many of the younger students and should have been publicised via a letter from the bus company to the schools. She said families are demanding a better service.
I’d be demanding a better service from the schools if I were you, if the prospect of a timetable change is so confusing.
A spokesman for First said: “The section of the route that has been removed is now served by our new 23 service that runs every ten minutes Monday to Friday, from Southend bus station and back again.
“Customers were informed of the changes through on-bus notices and a digital campaign through our website and Twitter account.”
I guess expecting the kids to be able to read the on-board notices is too much of a stretch? Maybe to attract their attention the company will need to have Justin Beiber ReTweet it…