Wales

Tal-y-Bont parents' protest over village school bus cut plan

  • 4 July 2014
  • From the section Wales

Parents who say their children's mile-long walk to a village primary school is dangerous organised a protest at plans to cut a bus service.

Gwynedd council is to scrap the school bus in Tal-y-Bont but says a new footway will be created first.

The council says its policy is to provide transport for pupils who live more two miles from school, unless the walking route is especially dangerous.

Parents hope Friday's protest march will lead to a rethink.

Gwynedd council says it is looking at its school bus services to ensure it is spending its money wisely.

It plans to stop the Tal-y-Bont school bus service in September.

In a statement, the council said it has asked its officers to assess the situation under new Welsh government learner travel guidelines.

It said parents would also be able to request to accompany a risk assessor during an assessment of routes.

"In addition, officers from the council's road safety team will be arranging with the school to raise awareness of road safety matters with the pupils as soon as possible," it said.

Image caption Villagers turned out to support the protest by parents and pupils

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