No seat for some on school bus despite promise of improvement


Angry parents and pupils have raised concerns over the standard of school buses which take children between Potton and Biggleswade.

Tom White, a Year 13 student at Stratton Upper School says he has been forced to stand on the “notoriously bad M12 service” despite an announcement it would be improved this school year.

In a letter to The Chronicle , Tom, who lives in Potton, said: “I still have to pay more than £450 per year for a bus pass to allow me to attend school. Yet the service provided seems completely incapable of guaranteeing me a seat.”

The route is operated by Barton Coach Company, based in Barton-le -Clay, under contract to Central Bedfordshire Council.

Transport Manager Steve Gildea confirmed it runs a 70-seater coach, as contracted by the council.

However, Independent Central Bedfordshire Councillor for Potton Ward, Adam Zerny, said he has also been contacted by parents claiming pupils have had to stand on school buses, and a bus has arrived late.

He said: “I have raised a number of concerns with the council about this bus route in recent years. Parents and pupils deserve better service than they are receiving currently.”

A Central Bedfordshire Council spokesman said: “We are monitoring the number of pupils using the route and will continue to do so to ensure there is adequate provision.”