Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:55 GMT on Tuesday, 6th November 2012.
Town’s MSP welcomes council’s announcement that larger buses will serve pupils of Ravenswood Primary


CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn has welcomed the news from North Lanarkshire Council that it will be putting a bigger capacity bus on service to pupils at Ravenswood Primary School.

Mr Hepburn welcomed the news but said that more still needed to be done after his office had been notified by North Lanarkshire Council that further to repeated correspondence on behalf of concerned parents, the decision was taken that North Lanarkshire Council will in fact provide a larger bus for pupils travelling to and from Ravenswood Primary School.

This means that 10 pupils who otherwise would have had great difficulty in getting to school, especially with the winter fast approaching, will now have privilege places on the school bus.

However, Mr Hepburn has continued to be contacted by concerned parents and guardians from a number of other schools throughout Cumbernauld and Kilsyth who have yet to receive help or assistance from North Lanarkshire Council regarding school transport for their children.

Commenting Mr Hepburn said: “This announcement is good news for the families that have contacted me from Ravenswood Primary School and I am pleased that on this occasion the Council have heeded the numerous concerns put to them, however, there is still more that the Council should be doing to ensure that all pupils in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth can get to school safely.

“Parents from a range of school across Cumbernauld and Kilsyth are continuing to contact my office with their concerns regarding privilege bus places and unsuitable walking routes, which clearly signifies that the job is not done yet.

The MSP added: “Before the Council gives itself a pat on the back over this issue, I hope, especially with the winter nights now drawing in, that they continue to fully assist and cooperate with concerned parents across Cumbernauld and Kilsyth until this issue is fully resolved.”

 
 

 
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