A new bus timetable which comes into force this week could ease some of the concerns of Port St Mary students who use Bus Vannin services to travel to and from Castle Rushen High School.
In May, dedicated school bus services for these students were withdrawn, leading to reports of pupils as young as 11 – on one occasion a girl on crutches – being left stranded at the bus stop.
The new timetable, which comes into force on Wednesday, features a new school service for Castle Rushen – route 62 – to operate in the afternoons to Port St Mary harbour, then on to Cregneash and the Sound.
But it appears that Port St Mary students will still have to travel by regular bus to school in the morning.
The Department of Community, Culture and Leisure, which runs Bus Vannin, says an extension of two services to Port St Mary, will ‘provide better frequency at peak times’.
There are slight changes to the Douglas to Ramsey via Peel (route five) and Douglas to Peel (route six) services due to the ongoing roadworks on Peel Road, Douglas.
Journeys between 9am and 5pm will terminate at Lord Street, Douglas. They will also depart five minutes earlier to accommodate the roadworks diversions.
The 7.35am journey on service 23, from Lord Street, Douglas, to Noble’s Hospital via Onchan has been withdrawn.
Students at Queen Elizabeth II High School, in Peel, will see the reintroduction of two school services – route 50 from Kirk Michael and route 52 from Saddlestone.
The bus timetables were due to be published online today (Monday).
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