All Saints Students Campaigning Against School Bus Cuts
Five sixth form students at All Saints Catholic Academy in Mansfield are campaigning against the proposed Nottinghamshire County Council school travel service cuts.
Students fear the increased bus fares and bus route cut will lead to more students arriving at the school by car. Thus adding to the already poor air quality around the school during peak times. The students are calling for a student concessionary price on local buses and a commitment from the bus companies to not charge excessive prices.
Throughout the week students will be leading assemblies at the school to highlight the issue to fellow students and get the school community on board with the campaign.
Year 9 Pupil Jakub Ulik said, "Every student needs to get to school, it's like food, they need it. If the prices rise then they are going to have to pay more, there is no other option to it really. Becasue they're cutting school bus services then students are going to have to find other ways to school, if the live far away like in Worksop."
Sixth Former Victoria Drodds who is part of the group campaigning added, "Our focus is to keep the roads safe, to keep the children safe and also focussing on how it impacts the environment and how that would increase the amount of cars on the road."
Subsidised school bus services and the Post 16 School/ College Travel Assistance Scheme is set to cease in September 2018.
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