Council ‘tried their best’ on disastrous school bus cuts

Changes to school buses in Sheffield have left children without transport to school. The Council’s response is “we tried our best.”

By Kurtis Crossland, Nov 19, 2017 1:11

Changes to school buses in Sheffield have left children without transport to school. The Council’s response is “we tried our best.”

Following the collapse of the Bright Bus company in May 2017, new arrangements were put in place for the start of the School Year in September. It was immediately clear that these arrangements in North Sheffield weren’t working.

The bus company First responded immediately with revised arrangements agreed with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and implemented 10 days later.

Mike Levery, Local Lib Dem campaigner said, “I took the issues to Sheffield City Council and Ecclesfield Parish Council together with concerned parents. But I was shocked when the Cabinet Member responsible for school buses simply replied with “we tried our best.”

“It is only the Liberal Democrats who are standing up for local priorities.”

And there is a risk of further cuts

The arrangements now in place are only for this academic year. Labour City Councillors have already stated “the local authority, and SYPTE on their behalf, are no longer required to provide home to school transport for the vast majority of the pupils attending the catholic schools in Sheffield”.

Mike Levery added, “We need a long-term solution. Plastering over the cracking bus network isn’t good enough and it shows how out of touch the Labour Town Hall is.”

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