A bus company announced it was taking over a bus route from a competitor.

Carousel Buses revealed it had taken over the 180 service from Red Rose on April 16.

It serves the school route from Little Kingshill and Great Kingshill, Prestwood, Great Missenden, South Heath and Hyde Heath, Amersham, and Little Chalfont, Great Missenden and Amersham railway stations on mornings and afternoons Monday to Friday. 

The service has come previously under fire from parents, who criticised Red Rose for its ‘poor’ and 'unreliable' service in the Amersham area causing anxiety. 

Carousel Buses stepped in following concern over the impact on pupils after Red Rose gave notice of its plans to terminate the 180 service, which serves Dr Challoner’s Schools in Amersham and Little Chalfont.

An Amersham mum, who asked not to be named due to her work, welcomed the move.

She told Bucks Free Press in January how her daughter was left stressed after being regularly late to Dr Challoner’s High School in Little Chalfont due to the Red Rose 180 service.

Now she was feeling optimistic about the service under Carousel Buses.

She said: “So far it’s positive, but we had very low expectations!”

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“It is turning up on time, pretty much on time at least and it’s getting girls to the school 8.20 to 8.30.

“It’s only been four days, I’m waiting to see if it continues to be more or less time.”

Carousel Buses managing director Luke Marion said: “Bus services are an integral part of the communities we serve and we’re pleased to be in a position to be able to take on the 180 and continue to provide this service.

"We believe we can make the route financially viable and would encourage people to back the service and help us ensure it remains for years to come.”