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Calls to reinstate bus route subsidy
A COUNCILLOR has joined a campaign by parents to maintain a free bus service for their school children.
The number 78 Willaston to Malbank free school bus is one of several being cancelled after Cheshire East Council (CEC) withdrew subsidies on dozens of routes.
Willaston and Rope Ward clr, Brian Silvester, has backed parents’ concerns that an alternative walking route to school via the A51 was unsuitable – forcing children to cross busy thoroughfares and areas without street lighting.
He said CEC ‘do not appear to have taken into account’ the lack of lighting, and that the route traverses a level crossing.
He added: “The alternative walking route involves crossing a railway crossing that is only covered by a half barrier - therefore making this a potential health and safety issue, and walking along London Road, which historically carries a large amount of HGV Lorries.”
Clr Silvester has written to CEC asking the council to review subsidies on the bus route.