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Green school bus costs for West Midlands pupils may double

Parents could face a price rise of hundreds of pounds to keep school bus services in the West Midlands.

Public transport authority Centro said it is proposing cutting funding to Green Bus services by 50% although no final decision has been made.

The Green Bus service said it would have to increase prices or cut routes if the subsidy was reduced.

It currently offers half-price travel for journeys to and from school aiming to reduce car usage.

The two organisations have been negotiating next year's child fares over the past few weeks.

A spokesman for the Green Bus said the proposals were "completely unacceptable particularly when many family budgets are already under pressure".

In a statement, Centro said negotiations were still ongoing about the subsidy.

"Centro is not proposing to stop reimbursement payments to Green Bus Company for these school services," it said.

"However, under Centro's Concessionary Fare Scheme for children the level of reimbursement given by the taxpayer to Green Bus is currently around £600 per child per year.

"This compares to around £300 for other operators.

"We are therefore proposing to provide a level of reimbursement similar to that given to other operators, and we are currently in negotiation about this with Green Bus.

"No final decision has yet been made."

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