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Stamford Bridge school bus cuts 'put pupils at risk'

Parents in an East Yorkshire village have warned their children's safety could be at risk after a school bus service was axed to save money.

From September, children in High Catton will no longer be able to get a minibus to Stamford Bridge Primary School because of council cuts.

East Riding Council said the mile of country road between High Catton and Stamford Bridge was not dangerous.

But local councillor Gordon Peel said: "No-one else believes it is safe."

Mr Peel, a member of Stamford Bridge Parish Council, said: "There is no speed restriction, there is no lighting on that road, there is no footpath.

"I don't believe any parent would allow their children to walk down there."

'Very dangerous'

Tammy Ellis, the parent of a pupil living in High Catton, said: "It is quite a dangerous road because... there is no path and no lights."

Another parent, Richard Merry, said: "It's pretty much a single track road and the verge is a step-up verge.

"Certainly in the wet, to step on to the verge to avoid a moving vehicle is very dangerous."

Until now children in High Catton have been picked up by a minibus which runs from Low Catton to Stamford Bridge.

From September the minibus is being replaced by a people carrier which will only take pupils from nearby Low Catton because they would have to walk on a dangerous bend.

East Riding Council said it did not have a statutory duty to provide school transport for the children of High Catton because the stretch of road they use is not dangerous and they live less than two miles from the school.

Council access manager Paul Butler said: "We are currently spending £10m on home school transport.

"That is money that's not going into schools.

"We have for many years now been trying to redress that balance and will only provide transport where it is a statutory requirement.

"In the past we had enough children travelling to provide a large vehicle but the numbers have reduced so we are reducing the size of the vehicle to a people carrier."

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