Travel Arrangements

Bishop Luffa Travel Arrangements Autumn 2020

As part of our planning for the safe return to school for our students, we are writing to update you on the latest information from our local travel providers.

Safe travel guidance

Where possible we encourage pupils to walk or cycle to school. The Government is keen that schools make it as easy as possible for students to cycle in, which is why we have expanded the number of cycle racks available. Our local council shares the same aim, and there are currently extra cycle lanes available across the city.

If your child needs to use public transport to travel to school, then they will be asked to follow the transport guidelines, which include wearing a face covering when on buses, coaches or trains and when they are inside stations.

Student groups on public transport

It is not possible to eliminate the risk of spreading the Coronavirus completely, but we can take action to minimise the risk. Students will have spent their time at school in year group bubbles, so we will ask students to sit in these bubbles when they get on to buses that leave directly from school:

Single Decker Bus Double Decker Bus
Order of seating:
Driver- Yr. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and Sixth form students
Order of seating:
Lower level: Driver- Yr. 7, 8, and 9.
Upper level: Yr. 10, Yr 11, and Sixth form students

We recognise that this could mean family groups being kept apart during the journey and then mixing immediately afterwards: there will be many inconsistencies like this, but I’m sure that you can see that this has some benefits. Please note Bishop Luffa staff will only enter buses in an emergency.

Local travel providers

Please find below the details we have received from our travel companies concerning bus travel arrangements for September 2020. Please note that some of the bus timings and route numbers have changed. Timetables are attached for each route. We recognise that some of the routes have changed and we have been in discussions with the providers. The bus companies are struggling with the low numbers using their service and hope to be able to resume some of the routes that have been cut, at some point. Where there is considerable disruption to your child’s route, you should have received a separate email.

Buses

Provider: Stagecoach

Selsey and Hunston
For students travelling from Selsey and Hunston to Bishop Luffa, Stagecoach will continue to operate a 651 to the school which will only be open for school and college students to travel on. Returning in the afternoon they will need to continue using normal service buses back to Hunston and Selsey which will be operating every 15 minutes.

Witterings and Birdham
For students travelling from The Witterings and Birdham to Bishop Luffa, Stagecoach will continue to operate a 653 to the school which will only be open for school and college students to travel on (please note that this journey will operate 10 minutes earlier throughout). Returning in the afternoon they will be operating the normal 652 from the school back to Birdham and The Witterings which will only be open for school and college students to travel on.

Bognor Regis, Aldwick, Rose Green, Pagham and North Mundham
For students traveling from Bognor Regis, Aldwick, Rose Green, Pagham and North Mundham to Bishop Luffa, Stagecoach will continue to operate the same journey departing Bognor Regis High Street at 06:30 (please note that this journey has been renumbered to 660). This service will only be open for school and college students to travel on. Returning in the afternoon the normal 660 from the school back to North Mundham, Pagham, Rose Green, Aldwick and Bognor Regis which will once again only be open for school and college students to travel on.

*Elmer, Middleton-on-Sea, Flansham Park, Bognor,Regis, North Bersted
For students travelling from Elmer, Middleton-on-Sea, Flansham Park, Felpham, Bognor Regis Town Centre and North Bersted to Bishop Luffa. Stagecoach have put a new journey on the 600 which will operate between Elmer, Middleton-on-Sea and Flansham Park, at Flansham Park the service will turn into a 700 towards Portsmouth via Chichester. Returning in the afternoon students will need to use normal service buses back to North Bersted, Felpham and Flansham Park which will be operating every 15 minutes. For students continuing to Middleton-on-Sea and Elmer they will need to change at Bognor Regis, where an every 30 minutes service is being operated on the 600 towards Elmer.

Havant, Emsworth, Southbourne and Bosham
For students travelling from Havant, Emsworth, Southbourne and Bosham to Bishop Luffa, Stagecoach will continue to operate the original journeys to and from the school. Please note that this service has been renumbered as a 770 and will only be open for school and college students to travel on.

Routes which are busy

Buses which are designated for school students only, as detailed above, will run with maximum capacity. Beyond this, double-decker and single-decker buses, which run before and after the school designated buses and are open to the public, will be limited to 34 and 21 persons respectively. Parents should be aware that there is a chance their child will not be able to take a seat on these buses if the bus has reached this capacity.

Stagecoach do not envisage demand exceeding capacity on its buses, however, they will have spare vehicles that they can send to duplicate bus routes to cover busy journeys throughout the day. Initially they feel it will be hard to predict which journeys will be busy, but they will do everything they can to reduce the amount of time that customers are waiting.

Tickets

All normal tickets will be accepted on and sold on all buses, including those which Stagecoach have dedicated for school students’ use only. You will still be able to buy singles, returns, day tickets and weeklies tickets from the bus driver on the day.

Stagecoach still won't be giving change and ask students to have exact fares or use contactless payment. Also, all their ‘dayriders’ and ‘weeklies’ tickets are available at a lower price on the Stagecoach App. They also have ‘Termrider’ tickets for under 16s which you can find more details of in the pdf attached.

Covid arrangements

For details regarding how Stagecoach are making journeys safer during the pandemic please visit www.stagecoachbus.com.

Provider: Compass Travel

We are sorry to advise you that Compass Travel have withdrawn the 141 service from Elmer to Bishop Luffa. If your child uses this route, you should have received a separate email from the school. Please contact the office if you have not received this.

We have been working with Stagecoach to create an alternative solution for pupils in the areas around Elmer. Please see above for the alternative option that Stagecoach are providing to cover the route marked *.

For all other Compass bus information, please refer to their website: https://www.compass-travel.co.uk.

Trains

Provider: Southern Rail

From Monday 7 September Southern rail are making changes to their timetable to support the start of the academic year. The link below will give you information on:
• Changes to the time table.
• How your child can travel safely on the train
• How busy the train will be.
https://www.southernrailway.com/travel-information/plan-your-journey/service-updates?uq=637339378958330000#INCC33D24A60FD44080BCF3D91D8D36B7E3

This is a difficult time for students, families and the travel companies themselves. We are all praying for a smooth start and that the measures put in place will keep everyone safe. Hopefully we will see your child back at school very soon.