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Planned Strike Action - Ipswich Buses Monday 10th October 2016

Ipswich Buses Ltd has informed Suffolk County Council that there is planned strike action by Unite Union which will commence from 5.55 am on Monday 10 October 2016 and run for one day, Monday 10 October 2016.

Where pupils travel on a dedicated school bus, alternative arrangements have been put in place to organise dedicated buses or coaches to collect children from their usual bus stops, at the usual time. We would ask that parents wait with their children on Monday morning until they have seen their child on the bus.

To help families, the dedicated buses/coaches for that day will display a yellow sign in the front of the vehicle, with the bus number printed in black, so children know which vehicle to catch.  The same arrangements will apply for the return journey at the end of the school day, in the usual way.

 Where children use public buses operated by Ipswich Buses Ltd, these journeys may be affected by the strike.  Ipswich Buses is making plans to run a restricted emergency timetable but cannot guarantee the running of any service.  We would ask parents to check on the availability of the bus by checking Ipswich Buses Ltd http://www.ipswichbuses.co.uk/ and where necessary make alternative travel arrangements. 

There may be some routes which will be completely cancelled.  Families can make use of the Suffolk On Board Journey Planner http://www.suffolkonboard.com to explore alternative bus operators or routes which operate nearby.

We are writing to all families whose children have school transport tickets issued by us about their options for travel on Monday.

If you have any queries concerning these arrangements, please contact Suffolk County Council Customer Services on 0345 6066173.

Entitlement to free home-to-school transport

The general policy of the County Council is that free home-to school transport is provided only for children of compulsory school age (5 years up to 16 years) who:

  • are under 8 years of age and live two miles or more from the catchment school or nearest school; or
  • are 8 years of age and over and live three miles or more from the catchment school or nearest school.

Free home-to-school transport may be provided for students with learning difficulties and disabilities in mainstream education, at special schools and special units, where it is accepted that transport is necessary to enable access to the education they require.

For full details of the home-to-school transport scheme, to make an application for school transport and access to online payments go to the Suffolk Onboard website.

School transport is organised by the County Transport Department and further information about entitlement to transport is available from there on 01473 265064.

Discretionary travel schemes

There are a number of different discretionary schemes for children of compulsory school age and for students with learning disabilities and or disabilities. These schemes can provide assistance to children who do not meet the criteria to qualify for free travel.

For details about all the discretionary transport schemes and expression of interest forms go to the school transport pages on Suffolk Onboard.