Dorset

Stourpaine school bus cut plans on hold

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Image caption The council said the walking route was considered safe and "all weather".

Plans to end bus travel for children attending a village primary school have been put on hold by Dorset County Council.

Children living in Stourpaine currently take a bus to Durweston to go school.

The service was due to be scrapped after the half-term holiday, following an upgrade to a one-mile walking route.

Parents have questioned the safety of the route as the children have to walk above weirs, across bridges and on a country path prone to flooding.

The council said following a number of appeals from parents another site visit would be carried out and the decision to cut the service would be reviewed.

Its statement read: "The bus service will continue between the villages until the end of the spring term or until a final decision is made."

The council said it had followed national guidelines when it carried out a walked route assessment, which had examined safety concerns.

Image caption Children would need to walk the one mile route to school across bridges and along weirs if the bus service is cut

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