Ysgol Aberconwy pupils denied access to bus

Original by Patrick Glover, North Wales Pioneer - https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17416833.ysgol-aberconwy-pupil…

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Conwy pupils have been left stranded after being denied access to their own school bus service.


Local councillors and Aberconwy AM, Janet Finch-Saunders, have received a number of complaints from parents today in regards to a bus service from Llandudno Junction to Ysgol Aberconwy.

Conwy County Borough Councillor (CCBC) Mike Priestly, for Marl ward, said an alteration to the bus services offered by Ysgol Aberconwy has seen a stop removed and the number of runs decreased.

Cllr Priestly said: "These changes have put every pupil in Llandudno Junction at a disadvantage.

"It means they are not guaranteed a spot and the doors will close as soon as the bus is full and anyone not on the bus will be left behind.

"Anyone left behind could be missing lessons and this could be affecting their education.

"My concern is the safety of the pupils."

The situation has come to a head this morning with a number of students denied access to the bus and left in the wind and rain unable to get to school.

Mrs Finch-Saunders said: "This morning some children have been unable to get to Ysgol Aberconwy despite waiting over an hour in the wind and rain for the bus to turn up.

"Whilst I appreciate that there might have been damage to the initial bus, it cannot be right that the pupils were stranded for such a long time.

"Whilst I believe that some pupils decided to walk, and parents gave their time to help ferry children to school, this situation is the tip of the iceberg here in Conwy.

"The problem is widespread, but is particularly bad for students living in Llandudno Junction.

"I am pleased that the head master has agreed to meet with parents, and that Conwy Council is cooperating, as I think it is fair to say that we all want to see the pupils of Aberconwy receive safe and reliable transport to and from school."

Ysgol Aberconwy, in a reply tweet to Mr Priestly, said: "As a school, we are aware of the concerns raised by parents/guardians, about the changes to the Llandudno Junction bus service and we are looking into them.

"If anyone has any questions they should contact the school in the first instance."

The Pioneer have contacted Ysgol Aberconwy for comment.