Published: 13/07/2012 20:00 - Updated: 13/07/2012 13:38

Stagecoach asked to help resolve Bower bussing impasse

Councillor Alex MacLeod is asking Stagecoach to come to an agreement.
Councillor Alex MacLeod is asking Stagecoach to come to an agreement.

STAGECOACH is being urged to co-operate with the Highland Council to resolve transport difficulties faced by Thurso High School pupils from Bower.

The call comes from Caithness landward councillor Alex MacLeod as the council heads into a new round of negotiations with the bus company.

Due to a re-tendering of the transport contracts, parents of Thurso High pupils face monthly bills of up to £94.50 per child to have them bussed to school after the summer holidays.

Mr MacLeod said that the operator had a responsibility to look after the interests of local pupils.

He urged Stagecoach to back a council proposal to allow existing pupils to travel at a concessionary rate while new pupils would attend Wick High at no cost.

“It is vital that we come to a manageable and sustainable solution to this situation, which ensures continuity of learning for our pupils,” he said.

“We have put a reasonable proposal on the table, now we need Stagecoach to co-operate.

“We all have a responsibility to do right by local pupils.

“The council’s proposals would see existing pupils maintain their concessionary travel but only if Stagecoach works with us.”

Read more in Wednesday’s Caithness Courier.

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