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Transport fares are getting fairer

Transport fares are getting fairer

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Taunton School is pleased to announce the launch of a new "London Tube style" zoned transport fee system.

By popular request we have reviewed our current fees to make the service fairer, transparent and more affordable to families. We are hoping to extend this excellent service to more users and reduce traffic coming on to the Taunton School Campus at peak times.

For those who already take advantage of our service and live within 10 miles of the school, your transport fees will be greatly reduced as a result of the new zone system which is based on distance (as the crow flies) to the school. The new fees, which take effect on January 1st 2017, are:

Zone 1 – less than 3.5 miles - £3/round trip (saving £648 a year*)

Zone 2 – 3.5 – 10 miles - £5/round trip (saving £324 a year*)

Zone 3 – over 10 miles - £7/round trip (same as current fees)

(* savings based on using the service 5 days a week over 32.4 weeks per year at the current rate of £7 per day).

Saturday one-way fares will also be reduced to £1.50 (Zone 1) £2.50 (Zone 2) and remains at £3.50 (Zone 3).

The graphic above is indicative and shows the zones and existing pickup points. The zones are calculated from the Parade Ground on Campus by GPS.

We have a fleet of three coaches and 11 minibuses to transport day pupils to and from School. Our routes include Curry Rivel, Exeter, Glastonbury, Hatch Beauchamp, Minehead, Nether Stowey, Seaton, Seavington, Sidmouth, Weston-Super-Mare, Wiveliscombe and Yeovil.

These are just some of the reasons why our Transport Service is valued by our existing users:

• We use our own quality vehicles which are well maintained.

• Our drivers are very experienced and well known to the school community. They are vetted, trained, uniformed trusted employees of Taunton School.

• Each driver carries a phone for easy parental contact.

• Our catchment area is wide.

• We agree convenient pick-up points with you.

• We provide a regular and reliable service.

• It’s a "greener" way to travel and reduces congestion on Campus.

If you’re not an existing user and would like to take advantage of these new fares and book transport for your son or daughter, please contact the Transport Team via email transport@tauntonschool.co.uk and they will work out which zone you would fall into. We are happy to consider new pick up points that work for you. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis so book now.

Existing user’s fares will automatically be reduced if you fall within Zones 1 and 2.

"We would just like to take this opportunity to say what a great service you provide and how delighted we are with our bus driver. He is always on time, bright, cheerful and absolutely marvellous with the children." - Taunton School parent