David Stewart MSP

Meeting on transport problems to Inverness Gaelic School

11 December 2008

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands regional Labour MSP, is to meet with the Education boss at Highland Council to discuss transport problems to Inverness’ Gaelic School.

Following parent concern after reported incidents of children being left at bus stops on the school run from Culloden to Bunsgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis, and concerns over who was responsible for the safety of children, Mr Stewart will seek assurances from the Council that all parents have been given clear guidelines on the service.

“Following a number of meetings and letters to the Council it has acknowledged that there have been a number of operational difficulties with the route, which is operated by Stagecoach.

” The Council says it has applied penalty charges to the operator in relation to breaches.

“However, my concern is that since August there have been a number of issues surrounding the children’s safety and it is important that the Council, who are ultimately responsible for the transport contract, must address parent concerns.

“It is important parents and the bus contractor are clear about exactly where the bus route is and of any health and safety implications of primary age children travelling unaccompanied if the bus is open to public passengers.

“The issue has also raised broader questions in terms of the health and safety of young children travelling unaccompanied.

“I will be asking a general question to the Education Minister about who is responsible for young children eligible for travel on school buses open to the public.”

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Written by davidstewart

December 11, 2008 at 4:38 pm

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