ARGUS COMMENT: Fares hike is too much

South Wales Argus: ARGUS COMMENT: Fares hike is too much ARGUS COMMENT: Fares hike is too much

MANY parents of sixth form school pupils in Newport are in for a financial shock at the start of the new school year in September.

For transport costs which have cost in the region of £40 a year are to rocket to £347.

This is an incredible increase by any stretch of the imagination.

And we fear that many paretns will just not be able to afford it.

For a cost to rise by such a massive amount in one go seems to us to be at best unfair.

We can fully udnerstand why the council needs to look at the cost of home to school transport. Everything is being put under the spotlight in the current economic climate.

We can also understand why ithe city council is looking to make a saving in this particular area.

But to do so in such a draconian fashion is surely not the best way forward.

Surely a phased introduction of increased costs would be much more equitable,

One real concern we have is that this cost will deter some pupils from staying on into the sixth form, surely something which should be encouraged given the worryingly high rates of youth unemployment we have in Wales.

The other issue of course is tha parents may instead choose to drop their children off at school by car leading to more traffic on our already busy roads at the busiest times of the day.

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2:23pm Mon 26 May 14

cjwales1 says...

good intentioned article............
however please proof read :-(
good intentioned article............ however please proof read :-( cjwales1
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5:27pm Mon 26 May 14

Limestonecowboy says...

They could always walk or cycle to school the cars not the only alternative.
They could always walk or cycle to school the cars not the only alternative. Limestonecowboy
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5:30pm Mon 26 May 14

Mr Bump. says...

Why would this put off children staying on in the sixth form? The alternative is to get a job, and still pay the fares. I urge all parents to invest in bicycles for their children, rather than pay these extortionate charges or driving their children to school. The benefits far outweigh any negatives. Good for your health, good for the environment and good on your pocket.
Why would this put off children staying on in the sixth form? The alternative is to get a job, and still pay the fares. I urge all parents to invest in bicycles for their children, rather than pay these extortionate charges or driving their children to school. The benefits far outweigh any negatives. Good for your health, good for the environment and good on your pocket. Mr Bump.
  • Score: 3

8:01am Tue 27 May 14

Woodgnome says...

There should be some help with school transport for those who need it. NCC seem to have totally forgotten what their priorities are - yet Bright and co still keep getting voted in. I wonder what it will take for the penny to drop?
There should be some help with school transport for those who need it. NCC seem to have totally forgotten what their priorities are - yet Bright and co still keep getting voted in. I wonder what it will take for the penny to drop? Woodgnome
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