Disruption to Highland Council School Transport
22nd August 2017
Parents and carers of pupils using Andrew's (Shetland) Ltd coaches for Thurso, Wick, Dornoch, Golspie and Invergordon High Schools and some of their associated Primaries are warned for possible disruption to transport arrangements from tomorrow morning Wednesday 23 August 2017.
Highland Council has been notified that its school transport contractor Andrew's (Shetland) Ltd has ceased trading as of this evening (Tuesday 22 August 2017).
Andrew's coaches serve some of the school transport routes for Thurso, Wick, Dornoch, Golspie and Invergordon High Schools and some of their associated Primaries.
The Council’s Transport Team is trying to arrange alternative transport arrangements overnight however parents and carers are advised to be prepared for possible disruption to their usual school transport.
Updates will be posted on the council’s school closure website www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures tomorrow morning (Wednesday 23 August) from 7am onwards.
Highland Council apologises for this unavoidable potential disruption which is out with our control. Around 400 pupils may be affected.
The following routes will be supplied by Stagecoach:
Lairg/Ardgay - Dornoch
Delny, Newmore to Invergordon Academy, then Newmore Primary
Tain Royal Academy Scotsburn, Lamington, Logiehill, Heathmount
Golspie High Lairg, Rogart
Thurso High School Bower, Bowermadden, Castletown, Murkle Bus
Wick High School Gills, Huna, Canisbay (A836) to John o'Groats, Freswick, Keiss to Wick High
and two public journeys, not involving school transport, will be suspended for a day or two. These are Services 900: Lairg - Tain and 906: Lairg - Helmsdale.
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