West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling on bus operator, Arriva Buses, to find a better solution to help local school pupils get to school quicker than the current one hour journey from Skelmersdale to Ormskirk.
Following the loss of the 311 service from Ashurst many Ormskirk School pupils have been left facing a one-hour journey to school each morning for a trip that previously took 20 minutes.
Pupils, as young as 11-years-old, are having to catch the bus at 7.18am and not arriving at school until 8.15am. Some pupils supposed to be at breakfast club are arriving too late to have their food before the day starts.
Once school finishes at 3.15pm, pupils travelling home face the problems of over-crowded already full buses, waiting for later buses means some pupils are only getting home at 5pm or even later in the evening.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It is deeply concerning that children as young as 11 years old are facing a 10 hour day in order to attend school. This is a long day for young children, especially when it could be reduced by two hours a day by simply improving the transport services on the routes to and from school.
“For children to get the most of their education they need to be alert and concentrate on learning. Being sat on a bus for an hour and missing breakfast in some cases is not the best start to a day’s learning.
“I have raised this issue with Arriva who operate this bus service and also with Lancashire County Council as the local education authority.
“We need to find a solution that reduces school travel between Skelmersdale and Ormskirk back to 20 minutes, as it used to be, whether that it is a public transport service or a dedicated school bus service.”