Keele Councillor Tony Kearon has been trying to find a solution to the lack of a bus service for those Madeley High School pupils from Keele campus and the village who need to get to school in the morning, but do not qualify for a place on the school bus.
The County Council has made it clear that it has no intention of either including all of Keele campus and the village in the list of households that qualify for a free school bus pass, or of putting a bigger school bus on the route, so that there are enough places for all the pupils willing to pay for the bus.
Tony has been in discussions with the bus operators that run services through Keele, and First Bus has now confirmed that it is willing to run an extension to the current No. 3 service that will continue through Keele and on to Madeley High School.
Tony said: “This service, which will begin operating on 30th November, will run as a normal No. 3 service from Newcastle, through the campus and on to the village. But then, instead of terminating at the Sneyd Arms, it will carry on to Madeley High School, then return to Keele and carry on as a normal No. 3 service on the return route to Newcastle.’’
‘’The new service from Keele to Madeley will be timed to arrive at Madeley High School at 8.26 and 8.44am. It will stop at all bus stops on campus currently served by the standard No. 3 service and will be identified as 'Madeley via Keele'“
If you have any further questions or concerns about the bus service, just get in touch with Tony, and he will pursue them with you.