|The now withdrawn S24 school bus|
The withdrawal of school bus service S24, between Marsh and Central Lancaster High School from the start of the new school term in September was set to cause problems for significant numbers of children who would have been faced with a two mile uphill walk to school.
|The children's walk to school.|
Following lobbying by parents, the county council proposed a solution that would have seen the children leaving home half-an-hour earlier and using two Stagecoach local services (services 10 and 11), which would have got them to school twenty minutes before the school gates opened. The only concession to the children's wellbeing was that Stagecoach agreed to amend the bus workings so that both services were operated by the same vehicle, allowing the children to remain on board, albeit with a nine-minute wait at the bus station.
This "solution" was hailed as a "campaigning success" by the local MP who had also been lobbying the council. Parents whose children would have to leave home half-an-hour earlier and hang about in the streets outside the school gates for twenty minutes in all weathers felt otherwise and vowed to continue the fight.
|The campaign continues...|