Derby - Wheels come off school bus network

10th July 2009 at 01:00

Plans to abolish Derby City Council's network of school buses in order to save more than Pounds 250,000 are intended to be a breath of fresh air.

Members are consulting on a proposal to withdraw the bus service, which serves about 350 pupils across the city, from September next year. Pupils from seven schools would be affected.

A local bus company has offered to cover some of the discontinued routes so that pupils will not be left without any transport at all.

However, while they currently travel free, the children would be charged for the new service.

And more than 60 children will have to find alternative ways of travelling to school because no buses will serve their existing routes.

Parents and teachers have petitioned councillors to withdraw the proposal, but to no avail.

A council spokesman said: "We are committed to increasing the number of children walking and cycling to school." ab.

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