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Parents meet over school bus cuts between Drayton and Abingdon

Parents in Oxfordshire, angry at a decision to cut a free school bus, have called a meeting with representatives from the county council.

Only children living more than three miles (5km) from their school in Abingdon now qualify for the free bus.

A council spokesman said after a review it discovered that free transport was being provided when it should not have been.

But parents in Drayton said the walk took an hour and was unsafe.

Pupils living less than three miles away who want to use the dedicated school buses from the village to the comprehensive schools in Abingdon will now have to pay £240 per year.

The three-mile rule implemented by the council works by postcode.

'No accidents'

This means some children in the village will pay for transport and some will not, despite catching the same bus from the same bus stop.

In December Oxfordshire County Council said: "The walked routes available within the village of Drayton are safe.

"There are very good footway links and good crossing provision. No accidents involving pedestrians have been reported in the most recent five years on this route."

It now hopes Friday's meeting will give officers the opportunity to discuss with parents why decisions have been taken.

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