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New bus spaces for a school in Bucks

New bus spaces for a school in Bucks

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 1:05pm 8th October 2019.

There are now new school bus spaces for a school in Buckinghamshire after problems since the beginning of term.

Students travelling to The Beaconsfield School from the Farnham area can now travel on a dedicated school bus service.

Some students were unable to travel to school via bus after operator Arriva withdrew a service last year.

But, there have been issues with home to school transport since September, with kids not being allocated places. 

Over 1,000 parents signed a petition about the chaos and a task force was created to try and make sure this never happens again.

Families in Farnham Common even plastered their cars with home to school transport stickers to draw attention to the issue.

Ashwood Travel, who run the 845 school bus from Farnham to The Beaconsfield School have now agreed run a larger bus, providing more than 20 extra seats on the service which was originally full.

It means parents and carers can buy tickets for students directly from the bus operator.

Anita Cranmer, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills and Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transportation, say:

"We know parents and carers up and down the county haven't had an easy time of it regarding issues at the start of this school year with the county's school transport service and we are still working very hard to resolve all the outstanding issues.

"While the county council isn't obliged to transport children to school, other than those who qualify, we will do what we can to work with local bus companies to help find a solution for local families.

"This is a great example of how we will achieve that and we are delighted we've been able to increase capacity on an existing service to get students onto a dedicated school bus and to buy their tickets directly from the bus company." 

You can find all the updated information on home to school transport here.

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