Have your say on post-16 transport

The county council is encouraging people to respond to the consultation on its plans to make changes to the post-16 transport policy.

Northumberland County Council, which claims it is unusual among local authorities in that it still provides free transport for 16-19-year-old students, is spending £3.3million a year on the service.

The number of students claiming free transport has increased from 800 students to more than 3,500 over the past six years.

The council is now carrying out a consultation to ask for residents’ opinions on three proposed options: Withdraw the current student travel scheme completely; Re-introduce a charge for transport; Put a limit on what transport costs the council will pay for.

People are also welcome to put forward their own alternative suggestions on the future of the scheme at northumberland.gov.uk/post16