Free school bus change

FREE school transport is to be scrapped for around 500 pupils in Nottinghamshire from this September in a bid to save around £60,000.

Nottinghamshire County Council is reviewing the 49 home-to-school routes and will be stopping free transport for those not entitled to it, to help plug a hole in its budget.

Currently there are around 50,000 pupils in Nottinghamshire Schools, 8,000 of whom receive free travel passes.

Pupils receiving free school meals will still, however, continue to be entitled to free school transport.

Free transport has already been cut back on in four of the routes elsewhere in the county, with the council pledging to create and improve footpaths and crossings where necessary to make suitable walking routes.

Cllr Philip Owen, cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “For a long time access to free school transport has not been applied fairly and equitably across the county.

“In order to make better use of our transport budget, we now need to ensure that the system is fair for all and only those who are entitled to it benefit from it.

“It is a parent’s responsibility to get their child to school, but local authorities provide free school transport where the journey is longer than two miles for the under eights and three miles for older children.”