Avalon loses bus contract

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Parents at ten schools in Somerset have been informed of new arrangements to get to school after Somerset County Council ended a school transport contract today. The affected schools are Wells Blue, St Dunstan’s, Crispins, Chilton Trinity and Kings of Wessex (secondary schools); Hugh Sexey’s Middle School (Middle school) and Coxley, Ashcott, Catcott and Wedmore First School (Primary Schools)

Alternative transport arrangements have been put in place for the 437 students effected. The new service will run with effect from tomorrow morning.

This afternoon the council terminated its contract with Avalon Coaches due to performance concerns. Apart from the change in bus company , there will be no other changes to the scheduled routes or times of the school transport service.

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Councillor Frances Nicholson told us “Avalon Coaches have failed to meet our standards recently. Issues include school transport failing to arrive at all and significant delays to journey times. Somerset County Council has therefore instructed new suppliers to run Avalon’s former transport services from tomorrow morning.”

For any further information or advice, please contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224.