Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

19/04/07 MP Rosie is assured that school buses have a future

Rosie Cooper MP, West Lancashire, has been assured that Skelmersdale school children will continue to have a bus service taking them to and from school. Earlier in the year there were fears that the bus services would be completely lost forcing many Skelmersdale school children to walk to school.

The bus services had been identified for withdrawal because they failed to meet the cost to revenue level of 40% that is used to determine which services will receive a subsidy and those that are to expensive.

Rosie has now received a letter from Cabinet Member for Transport, Tony Martin, confirming pupils will continue to get a bus between home and school after she and the school had lobbied Lancashire County Council to ensure that the pupils who live right across the whole of Skelmersdale would still be able to go to school by bus.

Rosie Cooper said:

“It is fantastic news that a bus service will continue to run taking the children to and from school. There was a real concern that the loss of these services would have meant children walking a six mile round trip to school each day. This raised major child road safety concerns because of where the footpaths are located in Skelmersdale. Lancashire County Council has clearly listened to the concerns of the school, parents and myself and must be congratulated for taking a flexible and common sense approach.”

Lancashire County Council had considered withdrawing the two services for it to be replaced with a single service that would incorporate the two routes. This was until a local bus operator submitted a proposal to operate both journeys commercially. Lancashire County Council is waiting on further details before making any final decision. 

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