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County Council apologises for home-to-school bus changes

County Council apologises for home-to-school bus changes

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 2:20pm 3rd September 2019.

After many parents expressed their anger over the home-to-school transport changes in Buckinghamshire to Mix96, the County Council has now apologised.

This morning we heard from parents who received unexpected news on August Bank Holiday Monday, informing them that the council will no longer provide the children places on school buses, requiring them to find new arrangements at short notice to get their children to school.

Parents applied back in March to pay for a place on the school bus to get their 11-year-olds to their catchment school.

Now with only days to go to the start of school, parents have been left in the dark with still no notification for many, and no appropriate means of transport to get to school.

One dad from Winslow told us:

"My daughter has an existing place on the bus and she has done for four years.

"But my son is going to the same school in September and he is not able to get a place on the same bus.

"I pay £732 a year on school transport and yet there doesn't seem to be any flexibility in making sure my son has an extra space."

An update from BCC

Now, Buckinghamshire County Council has apologised in the delay in getting the information about school transport to parents.

They've told us information about when and where children should board their bus will be published on their website by 4pm today (3rd Sep).

Copies of school bus passes will also be emailed out to parents as a temporary measure and hard copies being sent to schools to be handed out tomorrow (4th Sep).

Children will be able to travel without a pass into school tomorrow and if necessary, until next Friday (13th Sep).

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