Page updated 08/09/2020
Making school travel safe
With children returning to school we have taken additional measures to ensure that they can return safely via First Bus.
We have implemented a daily enhanced cleaning regime across our bus fleet with additional focus on all hand and grab rails. More information can be found on our dedicated COVID web page, click here.
We are still operating our normal services with restricted seating capacity of 50%. We have therefore added some additional buses to our busiest school routes and these services are designed exclusively for school use (route number starts with a S). On these dedicated services the 50% reduced capacity does not apply – wherever possible you should sit with your school ‘bubble’..
Please buy your ticket in advance via the First Bus app. Parents can purchase the ticket and then send the ticket to their child’s phone using Ticket Gifting.
Dedicated school bus services (route number starts with a S)
- Indicated with 'CLOSED CONTRACT SERVICE' on the timetable
- The 50% reduced capacity does not apply, the majority of seat are available
- Anyone aged over 11 should wear a face covering on a dedicated school bus service (unless your child is exempt)
- Reduced capacities don’t apply – but wherever possible please sit with your school ‘bubble’
Public bus services
- Reduced capacity with 50% of seats available
- It’s mandatory for anyone aged over 11 to wear a face covering on a public bus service in (unless your child is exempt)
- You should only sit with a member of your own household e.g. a brother or sister. Sorry, you’re not able to sit with your mates
Duplicate services will only be available for school children to board and will not be open to the public.
A list of both the exclusive school services are below. To plan your journey to school, you can use our journey planner or view our timetables here. Please note all duplicate services with the code SS on public timetables, will be exclusively for School children only and will not be available to the public.
|Wessex 1 timetable||Weymouth to Portland|
|Bridport to Yeovil|
|Wessex 10 timetable||Weymouth to Dorchester & Poundbury|
|Wessex SA1 timetable||Broadoak to Lyme Regis|
|Wessex SA2 timetable||Holditch - Woodroffe School|
|Wessex SB1 timetable||Frampton - Beaminster School|
|Wessex SB2 timetable||Dorchester - Frome St Quentin - Beaminster School|
|Wessex SB4 timetable||Holywell Cross - Halstock - Beaminster School - Beaminster|
|Wessex SC1 timetable||Weymouth - Portesham - Colfox School|
|Wessex SC2 timetable||Dorchester - Winterbourne Abbas - Askerswell - Colfox School|
|Wessex SB5 & Wessex 6B timetable||
Bridport - Misterton - Crewkerne - Beaminster School.
Bridport - Misterton - Crewkerne
|Jurassic Coaster X53 & X51 timetable||
Weymouth - Bridport - Axminster.
Dorchester - Bridport - Axminster
|Jurassic Coaster X54||Weymouth - Wool - Wareham - Poole|
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