Council looks at further transport changes

Alongside the cuts to post-16 transport, the county council has also been looking at two further changes to school transport.

The two distinct areas were discussed by the council’s family and children’s services scrutiny committee last week.

Regarding free transport based on religion, it was concluded that the changes would provide no savings this financial year and only £36,000 in 2014/15.

Therefore, the recommendation is that the current free provision of transport for pupils exercising a preference for a school on the grounds of religion or belief should be maintained for the next two years and a further review carried out in 2016/17.

However, the council is going to end the anomaly whereby the authority currently arranges free transport for primary-school children in Years 5 and 6 if they live more than two miles away from their nearest or catchment area school, whereas for middle-school pupils in the same year groups, it is three miles.