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Parents clog up school road in West Cross in bus transport protest

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

Parents and pupills at Sr David's RC School, West Cross, protest against proposed bus transport changes

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PARENTS clogged up a Swansea road in a protest about potential changes to school transport.

More than half of St David’s Roman Catholic Primary School parents took their children in by car and picked them up in the afternoon.

Normally, around a fifth of pupils go by car to the West Cross school, with the rest on board three buses. But parents fear this proportion will shoot up if Swansea Council implements its proposal to only provide free transport to voluntary aided schools — such as St David’s — where there is no nearer mainstream school for that pupil, with existing distance criteria applying.

The school’s parent teacher association, with agreement from governors and the head teacher, organised yesterday’s travel protest.

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Parent Jayne Couch said South Wales Police staff and traffic wardens kept West Cross Avenue as free-flowing as possible.

“It was a lot more chaotic in the afternoon,” she said.

The council’s school transport proposals have also raised concerns at Bishop Vaughan Roman Catholic School in Morriston, but no decisions have been taken as yet.

Miss Couch, whose nine-year-old son William Peddineni has been a St David’s pupil for six years, said many parents could be affected, with a big knock-on effect on the roads.

“Parents depend on the school buses - they need to be at work on time,” she said. “It is such a fantastic school — this could close it down. If I took my son out he would be devastated.”

Miss Couch, of Townhill, said she understood that two nearby schools — Grange primary and YGG Llwynderw — staggered their start times yesterday, and that First Cymru re-routed its buses from West Cross Avenue in the morning.

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