The Claribel school bus service (822) has become extremely overcrowded this term due to an influx of pupils going to Tudor Grange/Alderbrook Schools from the Dickens Heath area. A child fainted on the bus due to the overcrowding recently but was fine and continued with his day at school.
Perhaps the first generation of village children, born when Dickens Heath was first created are now of high school age and have contributed to the sudden increase in high school children needing transport to the Blossomfield Road area schools.
Rumours are going round that cash and non-Claribel bus passes are no longer accepted on the service to alleviate this. DH.net has spoken to Claribel and this is NOT the case.
Claribel confirmed to Dh.net that all passes (Claribel, Council, ‘M’ passes etc.) are accepted as is cash. The company are currently funding their own additional buses to try and relieve the problem whilst Solihull Council meet to discuss a longer-term solution.