Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham school transport reviewed by council

A public consultation has been launched into how Birmingham City Council provides transport for schoolchildren.

The authority said the school transport budget is currently £16.8m and an overspend within the service is predicted to be £5m by March next year.

Councillor Les Lawrence said: "We need to make the service more efficient and focused on opportunities for children to travel independently if possible."

The council said it offers services above the legal requirements.

It also said its policy, which has not changed since 1989, has become out of date because of changes in the law.

Bus services for children under eight years old who have to travel more than two miles to school and for children older than eight who have to travel more than three miles to school are being considered.

Mr Lawrence said: "We are not making any specific recommendations and want to hear views from as broad a range of people as possible."

The two-part consultation ends in March and a forum for parents and carers of children and young people is taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Earlier this year the authority, controlled by a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, agreed to save a total of £212m between April and March.

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