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Group fighting bus route closure stages "drive to school" demo

With less than a week left to have your say on West Berkshire Council’s planned £10.8m cuts a local group of parents determined to fight the closure of a school bus route has stepped up their campaign.

As part of the sweeping cuts to local services the council are considering scrapping a bus service for school children between Mortimer and The Willink School.

In response parents set up a campaign group – Save Our Buses, which argues that the suggested walking route puts students lives at risk.

On Monday morning 80 parents from the group took part in a “drive to school” demonstration, providing a glimpse of the likely impact the proposed changes would have on local traffic as more parents take to their cars to get their children to school.

Following the early morning demonstration parents reported queues of more than 30 minutes and commuters caught up in the rush performing “dangerous” manoeuvres on paths that would be used by school children if the changes were approved.

One of the parents who took part Viv Harris said: “What worried me was not so much the long time it would take to drive the kids to school with long queues of traffic, but on Hollybush Lane when I went across the Tesco lights there were two lines of solid traffic.

“This means there is no proper verge and no crossing point for the children to negotiate the supposed safe walking route.

“To consider this is an acceptable pedestrian route is absurd and points to the fact that West Berkshire Council have not thought through the impact of their proposals properly."

Public consultation on a range of proposals, including the closure of the bus route, ends December 14 and you can still have your say by visiting the West Berkshire Council website.

For all of the reaction and two pages of education news pick up a copy of Newbury Weekly News out tomorrow.

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