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Bus firm backtracks on Burgate bus pass cost
STUDENTS travelling from Salisbury to Burgate School will not have to fork out as much for an annual pass as first feared, after protests from angry parents.
Annual passes for Wilts & Dorset’s Salisbury Reds school buses had been set to rise from £630 to about £770.
Youngsters were also told they would no longer be able to use the passes on any of the firm’s evening and weekend services, and would have to pay an additional £90 a year on top of the increased ticket price for that service.
But following an article in the Journal on August 29, Wilts & Dorset has decided on a lower increase, meaning passes will be about £690 for the year.
And students will now be able to use the pass on any of the Salisbury Reds and X3 buses, except the overcrowded 7.40am service.
Paddy Padfield, assistant Headteacher at Burgate, said: “As a school we are very pleased that Wilts & Dorset have responded in our discussions and it has enabled parents to be able to exercise their choice of school for their children to come to.”
Vicky Williams, commercial manager at Salisbury Reds, said: “Following discussions and support from the school the prices of full term and half term scholars passes have now been revised to afford a more affordable deal for parents by around ten per cent. A weekly ticket for the Burgate services is now also available for sale on the bus to help make things more affordable for parents.”
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