Pupil safety fears after bus service axed

Sebastian Dugan at the bus stop outside Horringer Court Middle school. The bus company have changed the timetable and he's now forced to wait there with other pupils for nearly 50 minutes.
Sebastian Dugan at the bus stop outside Horringer Court Middle school. The bus company have changed the timetable and he's now forced to wait there with other pupils for nearly 50 minutes.
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A parent has voiced her concerns for pupil safety after a bus service outside a Bury St Edmunds school was axed in cost cutting measures.

Lisa Dugan says her 10-year-old son Sebastian has to wait nearly 50 minutes for a bus outside Horringer Court Middle after bus operators Mulleys removed a service.

Pupils used to be able to get the bus into Bury town centre at about 3.15pm to 3.20pm - just after the end of the school day - but now there is only one at 4.03pm.

Mrs Dugan, who is unable to pick him up on an evening due to work commitments, said: “It’s ridiculous - they’ve chosen the times that are the most inconvenient.

“We’ve got to keep our children safe going into the winter.”

“They’ve got to wait outside on that busy Horringer Court road for three quarters of an hour or they’ve got to walk home.

“There’s no way I would let him walk home from school into town especially coming into winter.

“They’re hanging around outside school. The nights are drawing in and I really don’t know what to do. It does really concern me. You want to protect your child.

“The school offer an after-school club but why should we have to pay for that. It shouldn’t come into it.”

Headteacher Tania Johnson said the change to the afternoon route has affected ‘maybe five or six’ pupils.

She said: “It isn’t good when it’s late. The bus stop is on the road and they’re waiting unsupervised.

“We’re lucky they’re all good children.”

Jayne Munson, director of Mulleys, said the service was cancelled for ‘logistical reasons’.

She said: “We’ve only got two people using the route at a certain time of day and that isn’t feasible.”

Mrs Munson added: “Nobody has actually come directly to us and said this is an issue. We maybe could have worked with them to find out what their needs are.”