Leicester

Humphrey Perkins School considers train to replace bus

A Leicestershire school is considering a train service for pupils after bus subsidies were cut by the council - which said they could walk instead.

Humphrey Perkins School in Barrow on Soar said subsidising train travel for its 51 pupils living in Sileby was the most effective and cheapest option.

Peter Nutkins, the school's head teacher, described the walk between the villages as "extremely dangerous".

The free buses are being axed after Christmas as part of council cuts.

Mr Nutkins said parents would be expected to pay a subsidised daily train fare of £1.05.

'Suitable' walk

Sandra Pickett, a mother from Sileby, said the train was not great as its timetable meant children would have to wait around before and after school.

But the head teacher said the school would look to accommodate the students.

"The school will open earlier for those pupils and close later and we shall have some staff down on the station, morning and afternoon in Barrow," he said.

Parents from Sileby have been campaigning to keep the subsidised bus service, even though it covers a route shorter than that usually supported by the council.

In a statement, Leicestershire County Council said it had assessed the walk between the two villages and found it to be suitable for schoolchildren.

It said it had identified a bus service which would cost parents about £2 a day, but Mr Nutkins said the cost of running a bus was incredibly expensive.

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