I have received the information below from the Education Transport Team at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (formerly Metro) I am advised that “This reflects the latest position with regard to the availability of Metro products and has been expanded to include arrangements for families living in the Yeadon, Guiseley and Menston areas.
We delayed issuing the letter to ensure that we could take account of all the applications and renewals received up until the end of the last academic year.
Bus passes have been ordered and should arrive on doorsteps around the middle of August.”
The letter to parents is below:
“The West Yorkshire Combined Authority organises a range of contracted school bus services for young people who attend Prince Henry Grammar School.
These services are jointly subsidised by the Combined Authority and Leeds City Council and are supplemented by First’s Service X84, which is operated on a commercial basis (i.e. not contracted or directly subsidised by the Combined Authority or Council).
Bus operators Connexions and CT Plus, both of which currently provide services for the school, have recently registered a network of commercial services starting in September 2018.
In line with national legislation, when these services start the Combined Authority will be legally obliged to withdraw any contracted services so as to ensure that local authority subsidies are not used to undermine the commercial bus network.
Consequently, the existing combination of Mybus and contracted double deck services serving Prince Henry Grammar School will be withdrawn and replaced by the following double deck services:
- PH1 Arthington via Pool (CT Plus);
- PH2 Weetwood Police Station via Bramhope and Pool (CT Plus);
- PH3 Tinshill via Holt Park and Bramhope (Connexions);
- PH4 Adel via Holt Park and Bramhope (Connexions);
- PH5 Bramhope/Kings Road via A660 (CT Plus);
- PH6 Rawdon via Yeadon, Guiseley and Menston (CT Plus);
- PH7 Bramhope/Hilton Grange via Guiseley and Menston (CT Plus).
There will no change to Service X84 (First).
Route and timetable information will be available at wymetro.com/schools from Monday 6 August 2018.
A flat fare (same price regardless of distance) of £1.50 will be charged on all these services. Metro MyDay (£2.60) and Under 19 weekly (£10) / monthly tickets (£37) will also be accepted.
In addition, Connexions will be offering a range of alternative on-bus and mobile tickets.
- Return £2.70
- Monthly £50 (Mobile only)
- Termly £180 (Mobile only)
- Annual £500 (Mobile only)
If you would like to purchase a mobile ticket from Connexions, the operator can be contacted via the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure that buses are not overcrowded, the Combined Authority currently manages the allocation process and issues Priority PhotoCards to fare payers and zero fare Boarding Passes to pupils eligible for free travel under Leeds City Council’s policy.
This will no longer be possible on the section of the A660 between Weetwood Police Station and Otley where the operators are operating in direct competition, which means that families living in and around Bramhope will have a choice of services but that the bus their child uses may vary on a daily basis depending on which service has places available.
Priority PhotoCards will, however, be issued on sections of route where there are no competition issues and to students who have only one service option in order to prioritise boarding at the end of the school day.
Students who qualify for free travel will be issued with a zero fare School Pass (instead of a zero fare Boarding Pass), which can be used on all services, and, where appropriate, a Priority PhotoCard.
The Combined Authority will be working closely with the operators and the school to ensure that the transport arrangements meet the requirements of students and will be monitoring services throughout September.
If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact the Combined Authority’s Education Transport team on 0113 3481122 or via the ‘Contact Us’ link on the wymetro.com website.
In addition I received a number of queries about the Connexions buses, below is the update on that:
“Connexions will now be accepting all Metro tickets in addition to their own.
We wrote out to parents yesterday to explain the arrangements.”