Parents’ views needed in consultation

Published Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 13:41

A consultation into home to school transport has been extended.

Discussions started in March on bus fare levels from September 2016 for all pupils at schools in Blackburn with Darwen who do not have a statutory pass.

All parents, carers and guardians of pupils in the schools involved are being invited to respond.

The consultation period will run until 15th May 2015. The Executive Member for Schools and Education will consider the responses before a final decision is made.

Where schools contribute to the school bus service subsidy, the Council will seek to maintain the lower rate fare for the whole journey. School bus services are contracted for:


  • St Bede’s RC High School, St Wilfrid’s CE Academy, Our Lady and St John Catholic College.


  • Darwen Aldridge Community Academy.


  • Canon Slade CE High School and Turton High School.

The fare of £2.50 return for journeys under 3 miles will be maintained.

Mebz Bobat, Head of Service, Education Partnership Services at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “The Council is facing tough times with ever-reducing resources which are forcing detailed consideration of all its services. We would encourage as many parents and guardians to help us with this consultation so we can get the best overview of the home to school transport situation and the services we provide.”

The consultation document is available through the link and you can respond online by emailing or alternatively by post to the Director of Children’s Services, 10 Duke Street, Blackburn BB2 1DH.


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