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Arriva Bus – Strike Action Update

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Post Date: 1st July 2022

Arriva Bus – Strike Action Update

Update 1/7/22

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for your understanding and patience during the last 4 weeks whilst the Arriva buses have not been running. This has been an extremely difficult time for everyone.

I wanted to give you a quick travel update:

* Bus Strikes:

– Arriva has confirmed that the Bus Strike will end on Saturday 2nd July 2022. Arriva services will then be resumed. During this time a pay offer will be balloted amongst Unite members.

Details can be viewed here:

https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/latest-news/yorkshire-service-disruption—30th-june-2022

I have had confirmation that all Arriva services will be back running on Monday 4th July 2022.

Therefore we will not be sending our minibuses to Castleford and Pontefract Bus Stations from this point.

Also, at the end of the school day – our Bus Bay will return to being a no car zone whilst students are getting on buses.

* Fuel Protests:

Message from Wakefield Council:

West Yorkshire Police have received information that suggests a large-scale national protest will be taking place on Monday, 4 July 2022.  The protest will be a rolling road protest throughout the country, with the intention to stop and/or slow traffic on the motorway networks. The protest is in relation to the rising cost of fuel.

West Yorkshire Police will be coordinating the operation. It is likely that there will be delays across the network, which includes the M1, M62, and the A1, which run through our district.

Delays on the motorway network may cause some disruption to people travelling.

If I hear any more or anything different – I will of course be in touch.

 

Thanks and best wishes,

Dr Philip Dore

Headteacher

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Update 16/6/22

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to update you on the Arriva bus strikes.

There have been talks today between Arriva and a Trade Union. I understand that these have broken down without agreement.

Unfortunately this means that there will be no Arriva Buses running in this area (school buses and public service buses).

Thank you for your continued support and efforts.

I’ll update you if anything else is announced.

Thank you.

Philip

Dr Philip Dore
Headteacher
St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth-Form College
BKCAT Secondary School Collaboration Leader

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Update 14/06/22

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your families are well.

I wanted to message you with a quick update.

As things stand there are still no Arriva buses operating anywhere in this locality.

You may see an Arriva bus if you travel further afield to work though; so I wanted to let you know what was happening. Arriva have announced (late on Tuesday night – 14th June) that they are reinstating a very limited amount of school bus services from Wednesday 15th June. However, these are only in Halifax, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, a small pocket of Leeds and a specific part of Bradford. Just 10 schools across all these areas will have 1 bus route reinstated, with 2 other schools having 2 bus routes reinstated. To give some context there are over 200 Arriva school service buses running across West Yorkshire on a normal day.

Frustratingly, there are still no Arriva bus services (school buses or public buses) operating in Wakefield, Featherstone, Castleford, Pontefract, parts of Leeds in our catchment, Hemsworth, Selby, South Elmsall or any surrounding areas.

Please be assured that I have asked Arriva directly why no bus services are being reinstated in this area, specifically in the further reaches of our wide catchment area.

We understand – to the best of our knowledge – that some talks between Arriva and Unite are due to take place on Wednesday 15th June.

I will update you when any information becomes available.

Can I please emphasise that school remains open as normal (we are opening the school gates to students from 7.30am so that parents have the choice of dropping their children off earlier). 

All scheduled exams will take place. 

There is no study leave for Y11 – they are in all lessons. 

We still have our minibuses picking up from Castleford and Pontefract bus stations on a morning, with Ross Travel providing buses back to these stations after-school. Our study buses are still running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Can I also thank parents and carers for their support, efforts and for continuing to work with us in the face of a very difficult situation.

Best wishes,

Philip

 

Dr Philip Dore

Headteacher – St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth-Form College

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Update 10/06/22 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope parents / carers and their families are well.

At this moment I’m afraid there are currently no updates as to when the Arriva buses will be running again.

I want to thank parents and carers for their help and support in getting young people to school and for making alternative travel arrangements. I know this has often been most difficult when students have external exams scheduled.

We will continue to send our two mini buses out to Castleford Bus Station and Pontefract Bus Station on mornings from 7:45am and leaving for school at 8:15am. Ross Travel have helped us out by providing a small bus to each of these stations after school at 3:10pm. If these can’t run on a given day we can use our minibuses on an evening too.

School remains open as normal. All scheduled exams are taking place. There is no study leave for Year 11 students. Full attendance to school is required in each year group. Only Year 13 have different arrangements.

Any updates from Arriva will be posted on their social media pages and on this link: https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/yshjune22.

I’ll be in touch with parents and carers with any updates when they are available.

Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Dr Philip Dore

Headteacher

St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth-Form College

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Update 6/6/22  FAO – Parents and Carers of Year 11 Students

The Arriva Bus strike is clearly causing significant inconvenience, especially for students taking external exams.

This coming week is a busy week for GCSE exams:

  • Tuesday AM – Maths Paper 2 (Calculator) / Tuesday PM Geography Paper 1
  • Wednesday AM – English Literature Paper 2 / Wednesday PM – R.E. Paper 3
  • Thursday AM – History Paper 2 / Thursday PM – Physics / Combined Science
  • Friday AM – English Language Paper 2 / Friday PM P.E. Paper 2

Please be aware of the following messages:

  • School will be open from 7.45am to ease drop-off congestion times. We would advise that Y11 students be dropped off at school as early as possible in a morning so that we can begin examinations promptly.
  • There are after-school sessions for Y11 running each afternoon this week from 3.15pm as final preparation for the exams that follow the next day (e.g. Maths on Monday after-school in preparation for Tuesday’s AM exam). We would encourage all Y11 students to access these sessions. The study buses are still running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

(Study Buses: 4.30pm to Pontefract Bus Station onwards to South Elmsall; 4.55pm to Castleford Bus Station onwards to Normanton and Snydale)

  • Y11 Students are expected to be in for each school day; continuing in their lessons between exams. There is no study leave.
  • All this week we will have school minibuses travelling between Castleford Bus Station and school and Pontefract Bus Station and school from 8am, and again at the end of the day, from 3.15pm.
  • If your child cannot get to school because of transport problems, then please do contact school and let us know as soon as possible and we will do our very best.

We will update you with any further information when we can.

Thank you for your patience and support.

 

Dr Philip Dore                                    Mr Richard Tracey

Headteacher                                       Head of Y11 / Assistant Headteacher

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Update 6/6/22 FAO – Parents and Carers of Year 7-10 & Y12 Students

The Arriva Bus strike is clearly causing significant inconvenience, especially for students taking external exams.

Thank you to parents and carers for their support in making alternative arrangements this morning.

Please be aware of the following messages:

  • School will be open from 7.45am to ease drop-off congestion times.
  • The study buses are still running after-school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

(4.30pm to Pontefract Bus Station onwards to South Elmsall;

4.55pm to Castleford Bus Station onwards to Normanton and Snydale)

  • Students are expected to be in for each school day.
  • All this week we will have school minibuses travelling between Castleford Bus Station and school and Pontefract Bus Station and school from 8am, and again at the end of the day, from 3.15pm.
  • If your child cannot get to school because of transport problems, then please do contact school and let us know as soon as possible and we will do our very best.

We will update you with any further information when we can.

Thank you for your patience and support.

 

Dr Philip Dore

Headteacher

 

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Update: 5/06/22 Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope parents / carers and their families are well. 

 

I have held off sending this message to see if there were any further updates about the strike action affecting Arriva Buses in West Yorkshire. As things stand the planned strike action is going ahead and will begin tomorrow morning – Monday 6th June 2022. This means that there will be no Arriva buses running at all across a wide area of West Yorkshire from tomorrow morning; this includes school services and public buses.

 

The areas affected by this include: Wakefield, Dewsbury, Castleford, Pontefract, Heckmondwike, Cleckheaton, Bradford, Leeds, Ossett, Batley, Morley, Rothwell, South Elmsall, Hemsworth, Huddersfield, Halifax, Doncaster, Selby, York and Goole. Clearly this is an issue that will affect hundreds of schools, not just our area or just St Wilfrid’s. 

 

Other school bus services and public services not run by Arriva are expected to continue as normal. 

 

Important Notice: School is open as normal from tomorrow morning and all planned exams are going ahead as scheduled. 

 

I know that this situation will be frustrating, especially as it coincides with external exams. It is clearly beyond the control of schools. Unfortunately, alternative arrangements for getting students into school will have to be made by parents and carers. 

 

As you are aware – we do not operate the school buses and are very limited as to what we can do about this situation. 

 

We have two 15 seater school minibuses. One will visit Castleford bus station and one will visit Pontefract bus station from 8am tomorrow to bring Y11, Y7 and vulnerable students in. We will repeat these drop-offs as required. We are prioritising Y11, Y7 students and vulnerable students for obvious reasons. However, please do not rely on this if your child can be dropped off at school. We are doing all we can and appreciate your patience and support. 

 

Please see the following Arriva weblink for the latest information: https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/yshjune22.

 

I’ll be in touch with parents and carers with updates when they are available. 

 

Best wishes,

Dr Philip Dore

 

Headteacher

St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth-Form College 

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Update 1/06/22 Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope parents / carers and their families are well.

I have been notified by Arriva Buses this afternoon that the proposed strike action beginning on Monday 6th June will go ahead.

This means that, as things stand, from Monday 6th June 2022 – there will be no Arriva Bus Services (school buses and public buses) running across a wide area (Wakefield, Dewsbury, Castleford, Pontefract, Heckmondwike, Cleckheaton, Bradford, Leeds, Ossett, Batley, Morley, Rothwell, South Elmsall, Hemsworth, Huddersfield, Halifax, Doncaster, Selby, York and Goole).

School is clearly open as normal from Monday 6th June 2022 and all planned exams are going ahead as scheduled.

I know that this situation will be frustrating to many.

Please see the message from Arriva below (there is a weblink for the latest information).

I’ll be in touch with parents and carers over the weekend with an update on the latest information.

Best wishes,

Dr Philip Dore

Headteacher

St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth-Form College

Please see the message from Arriva below:

Further information on the current situation is available at https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/yshjune22 and this will be updated as the situation develops.

If you have any queries, Arriva are happy to answer them to the best of our ability. Our Customer Services team is in place to assist with queries from students, they will be contactable on social media on Bank Holiday Thursday and Sunday in addition to the usual hours – but please note due to the volume of contacts it may not be an immediate response.

Expected bus service disruption due to proposed strike action from

Monday 6th June 2022

  • Arriva Yorkshire has been informed that its Unite members are expected to strike from 02:00 on Monday 6th June for an undisclosed period of time.
  • Arriva unable to operate bus services across Wakefield, Dewsbury, Castleford, Pontefract, Heckmondwike, Cleckheaton, Bradford, Leeds, Ossett, Batley, Morley, Rothwell, South Elmsall, Hemsworth, Huddersfield, Halifax, Doncaster, Selby, York, Goole during industrial action.
  • All Arriva pre-paid tickets will be accepted on First Bus & Transdev buses.
  • For the duration of the industrial action journey planning in the Yorkshire region on the Arriva website and Arriva UK Bus App will be disabled.
  • To confirm, Arriva North East bus services that operate into North Yorkshire are not affected by strike action.

Arriva Yorkshire has expressed disappointment as it confirms that Unite the Union have informed the company of their intention to strike from 02:00 on Monday 6th June.

During this industrial action there will be no planned Arriva bus services operating within the Yorkshire region.

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