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1,400 bus places added for school kids in Bucks

It's hoped this will help to fix issues we saw in September.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:47am 4th November 2019. 3-minute read.

1,400 bus places added for school kids in Bucks

After a nightmare for families across Buckinghamshire at the start of the school year, more bus places are being added today.

Pupils were left stranded, parents confused and angry, after mistakes and a lack of communication about school bus places in September:

But today, Bucks County Council are trying to fix the problem as 1,400 commercial bus places are added.

31 routes will be boosted and the council say tickets will be the same price or cheaper than on their own buses.

Some extra bus place capacity has also been created, meaning some students on waiting lists have been able to secure transport.

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Bucks County Council came under fire from parents after issues in September

The new services mean parents and carers can buy tickets for students directly from the bus operators.

Ticket prices on these routes will be similar or even less than those on previous Council commissioned routes and most operators will offer the same range of payment options as before.

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

"It's fantastic to see these new commercial school routes coming into operation. We have been running similar commercial services across 21 routes since September with good success.

"Safe travel is a key priority for us as we know it is for parents, and to achieve that we have ensured that operators must provide services in a way that complies with the very stringent national legislation that is in place for transport operators. We will be regularly monitoring to make sure this happens.

"Working with commercial bus operators to provide school bus services means better services for parents both now and in the future, including the ability to extend the range of bus routes with more places and the potential for lower costs on ticket prices. This is a great example of how we are achieving that."

You can find out more about the changes here.

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