School Buses from 28 Feb 2022

8 months ago Fri 28th Jan 2022

What's happening

From Monday 28 February 2022, a new set of school bus services will connect pupils to Baldragon Academy, Harris Academy and St Pauls Academy. Along with a mix of normal journeys on commercial routes, Xplore Dundee will operate seven dedicated routes on behalf of Dundee City Council (serving schools with larger-than-average catchment areas).

The links to Baldragon and St Pauls Academies will not change. But the current buses to Harris Academy will be withdrawn and replaced by a new network designed to cover more ground and boost capacity to meet extra demand generated by the under-22s free travel scheme.

Check out the updated maps and timetables below:

Buses to Baldragon Academy

  • Service 10 to/from Ninewells Hospital (via Charleston, Lochee and St Marys)
  • Service 18s to/from the Western Gateway (via Ardler and St Marys)

Buses to Harris Academy

  • Service 4s to/from Dryburgh (via Lochee and Menzieshill)
  • Services 5/5a to/from Barnhill (via Broughty Ferry, the City Centre and West End)
  • Service 5s to/from Gowrie Park (via Menzieshill)
  • Service 6s to/from Charleston (via Menzieshill and Pentland)
  • Service 10 to/from Lochee (via Charleston, Ninewells Hospital and West End)
  • Service 10s to/from The Glens (via Charleston and Menzieshill)

Note: current services 23s, 27s, 28s and 29s will be withdrawn and variously replaced by the routes listed above.

Buses to St Pauls Academy

  • Service 10 to/from Broughty Ferry (via Douglas, Whitfield and Fintry)
  • Service 10 to/from Ninewells Hospital (via Charleston, Lochee and St Marys)
  • Service 14s to/from Douglas (via Mid-Craigie and Linlathen)
  • Service 17s to/from Whitfield (via Fintry)
  • Service 18 to/from Claverhouse (via Kirkton)
  • Service 18 to/from the City Centre (via Coldside and Fairmuir)
  • Service 18s to/from the Western Gateway (via Ardler and St Marys)

Buses to other secondary schools

  • Services 10, 17 and 33 to Braeview Academy
  • Services 5/5a, 17 and 28 to Craigie High School
  • Services 5/5a and 10 to Grove Academy (and Monifieth High School)
  • Services 17, 32 and 33 to Morgan Academy
  • Services 1 and 10 to St Johns High School

Under-22s free travel

Don't forget that young people (aged 5-21) living in Scotland are now entitled to free bus travel. You just need a new NEC card to be eligible. If you haven't already, apply for yours online here, or you can pick up an application pack from your school. Remember to carry your card with you (and that it must be valid/usable) to be allowed to travel for free. This is a legal requirement, otherwise you will be asked to pay a fare for your journey or risk being turned away. We don't want that to happen, so make sure you have your NEC card before heading out to the bus stop.

More than just a school bus

With a free pass in your pocket, buses aren't just for getting to school and then heading home again. You can use your NEC card to travel on any bus service anywhere in the city - including in the evenings, at weekends and during school holidays. Download the app to plan your journeys in advance: use it to track buses on the map, check out timetables and follow the latest service updates.

Remember: please be safe and responsible when travelling. Young people are more than welcome to take the bus with us, but don't forget that public transport is used by other people too. That means behaving with consideration for your fellow passengers, and wearing a face covering (unless a valid medical exemption applies) to look after yourself and others.