An extra bus will be provided to take children to and from a Lynn secondary school in a bid to end lengthy hold-ups for students, it has been announced today, Friday, January 23.
Education and transport officials hope the additional service, which is due to start on Monday, will resolve delays for pupils travelling from West Winch to the King’s Lynn Academy.
Last week,, academy principal Craig Morrison demanded action to resolve the problem, which was causing delays of up to 40 minutes for students travelling to the Queen Mary Road site.
Norfolk County Council had suggested the issue was related to the ongoing roadworks at the junction of John Kennedy Road and North Street, which are due to continue until mid-March, though one parent who contacted the Lynn News on Twitter claimed the problem had been going on before the roadworks began.
However, following talks between Mr Morrison, parents’ representative Steve Eke, Norfolk County Council and bus operator Norfolk Green yesterday, an additional bus will now run from the village direct to the academy.
In an update published on the academy’s website earlier today, Mr Morrison said: “This will be an ongoing commitment, not a temporary measure.
“It will make the whole situation a great deal better.
“It is also proposed to make the departure times slightly earlier in order to avoid the traffic issues.”
Mr Morrison, who had made a formal complaint to education chiefs, thanked the council and the bus company for taking “clear action” to address the issue.
He added: “All parties, KLA included, agreed that stronger communication including an ongoing dialogue would help us to avoid further such problems in the future.”
A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “We are pleased Norfolk Green will be adding extra resources between West Winch and the school, not only for the period of roadworks, but also after the roadworks have finished.”
Richard Pengelly, Norfolk Green’s general manager, added: “We had very productive discussions with King’s Lynn Academy and Norfolk County Council and we are confident that the solution that we are providing will resolve the issues that had been experienced by some pupils.”