Hot on the heels of this week’s revelation that school meals have been shrunk to cut costs, the company responsible for Plymouth’s bus network has announced it will be scrapping its school bus service due to costs.

Citybus was owned by the local council until 2009, when it was sold off for £20m to the private sector. At the time there was a condition that the school bus services stayed in place for three years — but with that condition now having expired and twelve bus routes are to be phased out.

The decision was being blamed on a subsidy from the Tory-run council being cut, and it not being “financially sustainable”, as well as rising fuel prices.

Sorry kids, sending you to school is no longer cost effective.

  1. As the original article notes, the plans date back to 2004 – when Labour was the party in control of the City Council.

    It also notes that rural services are being retained, and that local commercial bus services will still run for city based schools for those kids who simply refuse to walk.

    However, why on earth are city dwelling kids taking the bus to school? I can understand rural children needing transport, but surely a city dweller lives within walking distance of several local schools.

  2. Plans dating back to 2004, but did they include scrapping the subsidy?

    In regards to travel, as a child I lived in a city, but my school was over a mile away. Quirk of having to go to a certain secondary school as it was fed by my primary (the other options were slightly further away, the closest being a Catholic school with a poor rep and already well/over fed from it’s own linked primary schools). Walking over a mile to and then from school is not always feasible for some obvious reasons.

    The implied suggestion that one can simply choose a closer school is ignorant of the multiple factors involved.

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