School bus service is scrapped

Bagthorpe School and bus stop
Bagthorpe School and bus stop

YOUNG children who attend primary school near Selston could face long walks to school on dangerous roads when their bus service is scrapped.

Letters have been sent to parents of children at Bagthorpe Primary School, informing them that its school bus service from Selston will stop from the end of the school year following Nottinghamshire County Council’s decision to cut its funding.

Headteacher David Walton said the school’s ‘main concern’ is to find a transport solution for the families affected as soon as possible, with around 50 children catching the bus.

“The families that we feel for particularly are those who live nearly three miles from their catchment school and are not in the position of having their own transport,” he said. “It really is very difficult for them.”

He added: “We are consulting with parents and have put suggestions forward. We will listen to all suggestions that people put forward and some of these we can explore further. We hope that we can find a positive way forward.”

Solutions proposed by the school include organising a private bus themselves or setting up a car sharing scheme, but financial, legal and environmental implications need taking into account.

Chris Ward, the council‘s transport operations manager, said it was being discontinued as the authority is ‘no longer able to fund routes deemed non-essential’.

“There are footpaths the length of the route and a pedestrian crossing in Selston,” he said. “Alternatively, children have access to the normal timetabled bus service between Selston and the school which they can use, accompanied by an appropriate adult.”