AFTER campaigning to save a popular bus route in Abbeydale and Brockworth, parents are delighted a new service will be dedicated to pupils.
Stagecoach has announced many changes to its timetable from March 31. The 3 and 4 services from Gloucester to Abbeydale to Brockworth will be withdrawn and replaced by new routes 2 and 2A.
Concerned parents at Millbrook Academy were unhappy at the changes, because children would no longer be able to get to Brockworth direct.
However the bus company has confirmed from March 31 it will operate a new dedicated school service to Millbrook Academy. Service 804 will follow the route previously operated by service 4 but in addition it will drop off and pick up within the school grounds. The service will use a double-decker and will operate one journey in the morning and one in the afternoon. It will be subsidised by the school.
Parent Sharon Manton said: “This is a much better option. Our main priority is to get children to school and back safely. From what Stagecoach were offering originally, which was nothing, this is a big improvement. It would be nice to have another bus in the early evening for workers at Brockworth Business Park and children doing their after school clubs. But on those days I will pick up my son.”
A spokesman for Stagecoach West said: “We have discussed and met the concerns of Millbrook Academy and we are delighted to be working in partnership with them.”
A spokesman for Millbrook Academy said: “We have listened to the concerns of parents and carers and in response we are pleased to announce that the academy has taken the decision to subsidise a school bus for the students that will bring them directly to Millbrook Academy.
“This is the first stage of a new and improved transport provision that we will look to expand from September.”
County councillor for the Abbey ward Andrew Gravells, said: “A lot of local parents were up in arms over Stagecoach’s plans and this new route and service will be very welcome by parents and children alike.”