St Mary’s Could Get School Bus

school summer 1A school bus-style service could be introduced to take St Mary’s pupils to lessons. And it could start from the beginning of the autumn term.

The idea was discussed in a meeting of the Carn Gwaval Travel Plan working group last week.

That’s the panel of parents, school and Council officials that was set up when the new site was built, to encourage pupils and parents to explore alternatives to car travel.

Council officers Craig Dryden and Joel Williams will contact private taxi and bus operators to see whether there’s interest in offering the morning run, which could serve approximately 25 youngsters living at McFarlands Down, Telegraph and Normandy.

The Council and school won’t foot the bill and parents would be expected to meet costs.

There’s no plan to offer a return journey in the afternoon at this stage, because pupils tend to finish classes at different times.

Group Secretary Sue Hodgson has been keen to promote safe cycling to school and has previously arranged bike safety lessons for youngsters.

Sue says a bus or mini-bus service would meet their objectives in reducing the number of cars making the morning school run.

The group is hoping to meet again before the end of term to discuss what happens next, assuming an operator is interested.

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