Academy secures new bus service

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THETFORD Academy has announced a new subsidised bus service as students prepare for a single-site future.

The move is a response to concerns raised by parents about the distance students will have to travel when the Staniforth Road site closes in September.

A route has been agreed with Lewis Coaches for the service for an initial two-year period.

Cathy Spillane, principal, said the school had tried to address parents’ worries.

“We listened to the concerns that were raised and with the backing of the governing body we have been able to introduce this new transport service.

“We will be monitoring its use and I will be looking at various travel initiatives including free bus travel for good attendance records next year and also ways in which we can encourage more students to cycle,” she said.

Prices for the 2012/2013 service will range from £1 for a child single to £8 for an adult weekly return.

A child return ticket will be £1.70 and a child weekly ticket £5.30.

For 16-19-year-olds, a single will be £1.20 and a return £2.05.

The morning service will leave from Fulmerston Road at around 8.25am, arriving at the school at 8.45am.

The return bus will leave the Academy at 3.40pm.

The school is also considering a voucher scheme to help students who would otherwise be unable to afford a bicycle to buy one.

Secure cycle storage at the academy’s revamped north campus will be introduced from 2013.