The school bus service is operational again from Wednesday 5 September to coincide with the start of term. The services provided are unchanged from last year other than four services in Trinity which will serve the Les Platons area in addition to their established route along Route d’Ebenezer:
• 53 (for Grainville School),
• 780, 957 and 997 (for Victoria College, JCG, Hautlieu, de la Salle, Beaulieu and FCJ)
The first few weeks of the academic year, and until after-school activities commence, can be difficult, as exact demand for the services is not known. The Director of Transport for Transport and Technical Services (TTS), Tristen Dodd, said “I’d like to ask all parents, guardians and the students who are intending to use the school buses to please be patient over the first few weeks. It is impossible for Transport and Technical Services to predict demand on any service and we cannot guarantee that occasional overloading or scheduling problems will not occur. Both TTS and Connex will work together to iron out any issues as quickly as we can.”
Students, parents and guardians are advised to check the timetables carefully, and it is recommended that passengers arrive at bus stops at least five minutes before the published time. Timetables are available online at www.gov.je/schoolbus and also from school offices, with advice sheets if required. The States website also carries other associated documents, which are essential reading for those who make use of the school bus service.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, in excess of 340,000 journeys were made across the school bus network, averaging over 1,800 trips per day.