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Passenger Travel Assistants to be reinstated on all Primary School Buses

The council has decided to reinstate passenger travel assistants on all buses to and from Primary Schools in Warwickshire.

They haven’t given an actual date as to when they will be reinstated, but we will let you have more details once we have them!


Here is the official press release:

‘The Leader of Warwickshire County Council - Councillor Alan Farnell - has
announced that his Group will be reinstating Passenger Transport Assistants
on all buses to primary schools across the county.

Passenger Transport Assistants were scheduled to be removed from buses,
coaches and taxis conveying pupil to mainstream primary schools as part of
a £1.4million savings programme for school transport.

However, research has indicated that the savings package has been made
elsewhere through measures such as a robust tendering process using
e-auctions resulting in lower operational prices.

The Group has also recognised the concerns expressed by local members,
parents, schools and governors in making the decision.  Cllr Heather Timms,
portfolio holder for Children, Young people and Families, said:

“The council has been able to meet the £1.4million it identified as a
necessary saving from the school transport programme through other
measures, so we are willing to acknowledge the concerns of parents and
schools and reverse this decision.”