Decision to scrap subsidised school buses in Conwy delayed

Reporter:

Dean Jones

A DECISION to scrap subsidised school buses throughout Conwy has been delayed.

Conwy County Council’s Education Service put back the decision on ceasing the service to pupils from Deganwy and Llandudno Junction on two routes from Deganwy and Llandudno Junction to Ysgol Aberconwy, and from Penrhyn Bay to Ysgol John Bright.

Cllr Mike Priestley, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: “I am pleased that Conwy have delayed this proposal although it is only temporary, it will buy us some time to find an acceptable way forward for all concerned.

“Constructive discussions are currently taking place with Arriva Wales, and any proposals will be considered by Cabinet once those discussion have been completed.”

The controversial move, which would have saved Conwy council around £60,000 a year, was set to increase by 80 per cent from £150 to £273.

Further discussions will now take place with Arriva buses to come up with a more suitable solution.

Parent Bryn Phillips, said: “This is good news as cancelling this would have meant a huge number of traffic problems in the area.

“The council and Arriva need to get their heads together and come up with a workable solution, and delaying the decision allows them more time to do that, which is good news.”

Anyone that had a subsidised seat during the last academic year on this route will be automatically send a new application form.

New passengers need to contact the Home to School Transport service to request an application form on 01492 577899 via email at home2school@conwy.gov.uk.

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