Big Daddy Bus
Dartmouth Academy is bringing more students from the Bay to school on its new, cheaper Double Decker school bus.
The bus has a special ‘ferry lift’ to allow it to drive safely onto the Higher Ferry at all points of the tide. Dubbed ‘Big Daddy’ by passengers, it is believed to be the first double decker on The Higher Ferry for 25 years – and many hope it could be the first move towards a new bus route to the Bay across the ferry.
And its arrival, brought about after long discussions between Dartmouth Academy, the Dartmouth – Kingswear Floating Bridge Company which runs the Higher Ferry and First Devon and Cornwall, ensures students from Brixham and Torbay have a stress-free trip to the Academy – for less.
Dartmouth Academy business manager Simon Rushton, who helped convince First to bring in the specially-modified double decker, said it was a boost for the Academy and the town.
First Published July 2012 By The Dart