ANGRY mum Clare George-Bevan is considering taking her son out of school following proposed changes to bus services in Abbeydale and Brockworth.
The mum of four from Abbeydale is furious with plans for the new bus routes, set to take effect from March 30.
It will mean no direct bus from her Abbeymead home to Brockworth, where her son is at Millbrook Academy. Instead, he will have to catch a service into Gloucester city centre and get a second bus back out to Brockworth.
Clare said: “They are cancelling the services 3 and 4 and replacing it with 2 and 2A but this will miss out Brockworth.
“None of the parents are sure how they will get their children to Millbrook Academy in Brockworth. We were told last week and now have only four weeks to make alternative arrangements.
“It is unbelievable that Stagecoach have done this. I chose Millbrook Academy for my son because of the bus route but I will have to consider moving schools if I cannot find a way to get him there, which I don’t really want to do.
“I have two other younger children at different schools it is hard for me to be everywhere. The bus is usually rammed with children going to Brockworth and some sitting on the floor. I have been talking to the school who are trying to help all the parents.”
The bus company has confirmed services 3 and 4 from Gloucester to Abbeydale to Brockworth will be withdrawn and replaced by new routes 2 and 2A.
They will run from Gloucester to Abbeydale up to Upton St Leonards. Service 5 from Gloucester to Upton St Leonards will also be replaced with services 2 and 2A.
Faith Hyett, from Matson, said: “My son has just started at Millbrook and he gets the bus from Heron Way and it takes him outside the school. I have rang Stagecoach before because parents wanted a double-decker to come and pick the children up because it is always so busy.
“It will be hard for children to get two buses, especially in the winter and if they have after-school clubs. The school does hire a school bus company, but I have my younger son starting the school next year, so it will be expensive for two children.”
Another mum, Sharon Manton from Abbeydale, said: “It is really worrying for parents. The school bus is £20 a week which is a lot for most of us.
“It would help if Stagecoach could keep the service but only run it in the morning for children and adults working in the Brockworth Business Park.”
A spokesman from Stagecoach said: “During the past few months, we have been undertaking a major review of the bus services that operate to Abbeydale, Abbeymead, Upton St Leonards and Cooper’s Edge.
“We have also been analysing ticket machine data and carrying out roadside surveys. Some routes are very popular and are carrying more and more passengers, however some journeys are much less busy.
“We have also been reviewing suggestions from customers and our staff in addition to checking on which routes need their times adjusting to fit with current traffic congestion. The punctuality of service 5 has not been good enough.”
For full information on the changes, visit the website at stagecoachbus.com/west