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Spalding area mum raised concerns about school children on public bus

A parent has raised concerns about school children being transported to school on a public bus in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The parent, who did not wish to be named, says bus firms are doing their best but called on Lincolnshire County Council to provide an additional bus for youngsters travelling between Gedney Hill and Spalding.

The county council says that a larger bus has been provided for the route from Monday, September 14.

Masks must be worn on public transport (40843852)
Masks must be worn on public transport (40843852)

The parent had raised her concerns with the county council about children using a public bus.

She said: “The children are in a bubble structure at school and then they get on the bus.

“I appreciate the bus companies are in a difficult position but it is more about the council.”

Mark Rainey from the schools transport team said: “The route concerned is a dedicated schools transport service and therefore not subject to the same social distancing requirements as public transport.

“However, the council has arranged for a larger bus to run on this route from Monday to enhance capacity and enable greater social distancing. We are also aware of some students not wearing face coverings on the route. The council and the transport operator have discussed this with the schools to reinforce the message that all students should wear a face covering, where they can, for the entire duration of their trip on all school transport.”

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