East Lancs school transport price hikes discussed

MORE than 800 people had their say during a public consultation on proposed price hikes for school transport, the county council confirmed.

The majority of the 845 responses were against the changes, but the council said it was too early to disclose exact figures after the consultation closed on Friday.

Costs could rise by as much as 25 per cent as the council tries to reduce its £8.5m bill.

The council said half the money spent on school trans-port was ‘discretionary’ and not legally required.

As part of the plans, parent contributions of £380 per year for children attending a faith school which is not their nearest school could go up 25 per cent and increase year-on-year thereafter.

Other proposed changes include reviewing provision of taxis for pupils who live in remote areas not served by school bus routes, removing a previous eligibility to free transport when parents move house further away from school during exam years, and increasing school bus fares by up to 60p per return journey, depending on length.

Coun Ged Mirfin, a governor at St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, said: “I can tell you quite categorically that we are certainly not all millionaires in the Ribble Valley and this measure will have a negative financial impact on many families who are trying to do the best for their kids.”

Coun Mirfin, who is a member of Ribble Valley Borough Council, said: “There are a large number of families who make the effort to send their children to a faith school providing the type of education they really want which may involve travelling slightly further than the local feeder school.

“We should actively support them rather than doing everything we can to hinder them.”

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “We have been doing this for the last three years. This was started under the previous Conservative administration and there has not been and increase for the last three years.”

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7:37pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Copperhead says...

School buses will eventually disappear, as have many service buses on scheduled routes and also train services.
Within a few years there will be no public transport apart from inter-city and inter-town services.
If you ain't got a car - tough titty said the kitty.
But this is the official plan dontcha know - get everyone using a car and the exchequer can rake in BILLIONS AND BILLIONS in fuel duty, road tax, licence fees, test fees, VAT on new vehicles and parts etc etc.
Not to mention a King's ransom in speeding fines.
What do you think the taxman would rather have ? - a subsidised railway system with privatised profits ?
Or millions of motorists spending thousands every year in fuel duty etc ?
The government talks about getting freight off the roads.
Really ?
What do you think they would rather have ? - one goods train of 30 wagons, or 30 X HGV artics each paying £5000 a year road tax and 70% duty on diesel at 6mpg ?
School buses will eventually disappear, as have many service buses on scheduled routes and also train services. Within a few years there will be no public transport apart from inter-city and inter-town services. If you ain't got a car - tough titty said the kitty. But this is the official plan dontcha know - get everyone using a car and the exchequer can rake in BILLIONS AND BILLIONS in fuel duty, road tax, licence fees, test fees, VAT on new vehicles and parts etc etc. Not to mention a King's ransom in speeding fines. What do you think the taxman would rather have ? - a subsidised railway system with privatised profits ? Or millions of motorists spending thousands every year in fuel duty etc ? The government talks about getting freight off the roads. Really ? What do you think they would rather have ? - one goods train of 30 wagons, or 30 X HGV artics each paying £5000 a year road tax and 70% duty on diesel at 6mpg ? Copperhead

9:29pm Mon 2 Dec 13

brossen99 says...

There are many factors in the current rip-off scenario of the bus operators. Take disabled access for public transport for instance, looked pretty good on face value, but it was just another excuse to force disabled people to work, when implemented would artificially inflate the fares, you could only get three disabled access buses for the cost of four conventional ones. The idiots chaining themselves to the front of conventional buses were well organized and must of had funding from somewhere ( probably stock market parasites ), the media always knew where they would strike. It was a bit of a bent deal all round, John Ried ( the minister responsible ) had a son working as an executive for one of the big two national bus operators who wanted an excuse to invest in a new fleet considering that their engineering staff were incapable of looking after the old ones properly. Local authorities were engaging in " Quality Bus Partnerships " offering the bus companies money and favors like new bus lanes, they said nothing about the increases in fares. Its possible that the extra interest payments on the new investment could have funded a 24 hour door to door free dial up taxi service to anywhere in the UK for everyone claiming Disability Living Allowance, not only that but you could have taken two able bodied friends with you.
There are many factors in the current rip-off scenario of the bus operators. Take disabled access for public transport for instance, looked pretty good on face value, but it was just another excuse to force disabled people to work, when implemented would artificially inflate the fares, you could only get three disabled access buses for the cost of four conventional ones. The idiots chaining themselves to the front of conventional buses were well organized and must of had funding from somewhere ( probably stock market parasites ), the media always knew where they would strike. It was a bit of a bent deal all round, John Ried ( the minister responsible ) had a son working as an executive for one of the big two national bus operators who wanted an excuse to invest in a new fleet considering that their engineering staff were incapable of looking after the old ones properly. Local authorities were engaging in " Quality Bus Partnerships " offering the bus companies money and favors like new bus lanes, they said nothing about the increases in fares. Its possible that the extra interest payments on the new investment could have funded a 24 hour door to door free dial up taxi service to anywhere in the UK for everyone claiming Disability Living Allowance, not only that but you could have taken two able bodied friends with you. brossen99

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