Hull parents petition against free school bus cuts

People standing in front of an open top bus waving placards reading: save our buses
Image caption Scrapping the scheme could price some parents out of choosing certain schools, campaigners say

Parents fighting to save their free school bus services have delivered a petition to Hull City Council using an open top bus.

Campaigners from St Mary's College and Newland School for Girls are angry the council may scrap the scheme.

They have submitted a 700-signature petition at the Guildhall.

The council said it was running a public consultation on changes to its school transport policy because of budget cuts.

Janette Smith, whose son attends St Mary's College, said she would be concerned about her child's safety if the bus service was scrapped as he would have to travel in the dark on foot during the winter and would need to use two separate public buses.

'Makes a difference'

Eve Carter, the chair of governors at Newland School for Girls, said she was worried the changes could price some parents out of choosing certain schools.

"It would start to mean the difference between either heating the house for the week or food bills for the week.

"We'd be looking at a cost of somewhere around £30 a week for me to send two girls to the school and for a family that's on a low income, that makes a difference."

In a statement, Hull City Council said it had received a "good number of responses and many discussions with parents through consultation events".

"We continue to welcome feedback from parents, carers and other interested parties, which will form part of a report to Cabinet on 20 May."

The consultation runs until 10 April and the report would be reviewed by the authority's overview and scrutiny commission after 13 May, the council said.

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