School Transport Bus Review 2019

The Ministry of Education has finished reviewing all Lincoln High School bus routes in line with the eligibility criteria they set down.  They are minor changes to most bus routes as well as the merging of some bus routes in Rolleston.  These changes will take effect, Tuesday 28 January 2020.  Please note the Ministry of Education will continue to honour the provision of transport in the Rolleston area until the end of 2021.  After this time there will be no Ministry funded buses arriving to Lincoln High School from Rolleston and surrounding areas.  Metro (Red Bus) bus services may fulfil this need as they currently do with School Services that travel through Prebbleton (City 691, Hornby 692, Springs Road 693).

Ministry Funded Buses

The Ministry of Education provides transport assistance only for those students who can satisfy all the following criteria:

  • Attend the nearest secondary school

  • Live more than 4.8 km from that school and more than 2.4 km from a metropolitan bus service to that school.

The Ministry operates all services for eligible students whose nearest school is Lincoln High School and will determine the routes based on location of homes.

In the interests of all students we expect a very high standard of behaviour on buses. Senior students are appointed to supervise students on buses.

Changes to Routes

A route may be moved, shortened, or stopped if the Ministry establishes that the service isn’t viable anymore.  For example, there might not be enough students using the bus.  If a route is changed, a conveyance allowance may be paid to caregivers of eligible students.

For further information School Transport please click on this link:  www.education.govt.nz/school/property-and-transport/transport/sta-eligibility/

 If you have any questions or queries around this process, please direct to these to

Craig Reynolds
Regional Transport Advisor – Canterbury
03 378 7309


Busing to School

We encourage students to catch a bus to school on their first day.  If you are familiar with a bus stop close to your house where Lincoln High School students wait, then students should wait in this area.  However, if you are unsure then the parent/caregiver can bring the student to school in the morning of their first day and then students can then bus home. 

Bus drivers have been instructed to pick up any student in Lincoln High School uniform.  Drivers are also aware that all the students on the first day are new Year 9s and might be anxious about their first day.  As part of Year 9 students' orientation, they will be advised of their correct bus and taken to this bus at the end of the school day.  Where the bus drops them off after school on their first day will also dictate where they catch the bus the following morning.  Drivers will also be able to advise approximate pick up times.  Students should arrive at their bus stop at least 5 minutes before pick up.  In the interests of all students we expect a very high standard of behaviour on all buses.   

Details of the Ministry Funding bus routes for Lincoln High School and departure times are available here

Red Bus Ltd run a public school service (user pays) to and from Lincoln High School each day.  Details of these services (City 691, Springs Road 693) are available here.

If you need any further assistance with bus information, please contact the school office.


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