More than 350 pupils could be without school transport on Thursday after a bus provider ceases trading.
Jansen Travel has informed Cumbria County Council that it can no longer provide school transport with the authority saying it is “working hard” to find temporary cover.
Seventeen routes involving 351 students are affected, with 31 pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) among those impacted.
- Mayfield School
- Lakes College
- Cockermouth School
- West Lakes Academy
- Eaglesfield Paddle
- Dean School
- St Benedict’s School
- St Bees School
In a letter seen by Cumbria Crack and sent by Jansen Travel’s managing director Carl Jansen – believed to have been sent to customers yesterday – the business said it had “decided to call it a day, with immediate effect” – just days before the start of the school term.
The email said the firm had planned to continue operating until the end of January but “after considering everything over the last week, we feel that is only delaying the inevitable”.
It went on to thank customers for their support and wished them the best for the future.
Cumbria County Council said it was unable to confirm a timeframe of when alternative transport will be found but acknowledged that it would likely cost the authority more money.
Schools have been contacted and will be updated regularly as alternative provision is confirmed.
Cumbria Crack has approached Jansen Travel for comment.