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Changes to the transport that Dudley provide for children attending the Brier 2019

Dear Parent / Carer,

 

I would like to let you know in advance of some potential changes to the transport we provide to your child.

 

What is happening?

 

Dudley Council’s existing contracted arrangements for passenger transportation are due to come to an end. We must now begin to compile a new list of suppliers to carry out our passenger transportation services for the future. All our new suppliers will have to complete a rigorous checking procedure to make sure they are capable of undertaking the work required safely and effectively.

 

Will there be any changes?

 

We will then be retendering all of our transportation contracts which may result in a different supplier (and therefore vehicle, driver and passenger assistant) for your child. We are aiming to change details of transport (such as travel times and vehicle types) as little as possible during the re-tender process to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum. Where change is necessary, we will allow adequate time to communicate changes and to introduce new providers to you well in advance of the implementation date.

 

There may be no change at all to the transport arrangements for your child, but until we complete the retender programme early in 2019, we will not be able to confirm the exact changes. Any changes would start from the beginning of the summer term in April 2019.

 

Communication

 

We will keep you informed of progress throughout, so please do not be concerned by any information you may hear from other unofficial (non-Council) sources.

 

We appreciate that any change can be difficult for some young people. Please be assured that we will continue to work with you, your child and their respective school / college and we will provide timely communication and support where changes apply to ensure a smooth transition for all concerned.

 

We will be in touch again once we know whether there will be any changes for your child. If you have any queries regarding this information, please contact the Travel and Transport Services Team on 01384 816972.

 

Further details travel support provided by Dudley Council can be found using the following link: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/learning-and-school/education-grants/childrens-young-person-transport/

 

Kind regards,

 

 

David Corbett

Passenger Transport Team

Contact Number: 01384 816971