Worried parents are urging transport bosses to bring in an afternoon school service so their children are not “wandering the streets in the dark” .Tell your children not to wander around in the dark, on pain of a good hiding. Problem solved!
Bolton-based pupils at Bury Church High School must rely on public services as their school bus does not run at the end of the day.Oh, just like…everyone else?
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) said they do not have a spare vehicle to run a dedicated afternoon school service and insisted that the 512 from Bury Interchange is not “overloaded” .I suspect the perception of the other passengers might tell you it is, since in my experience, 5 or 6 modern schoolkids can easily sound like 20 or 30…
But parents are very concerned at the failure of the bus company to
Delia Cottam, aged 46, from Stoneclough, whose son William attends Bury Church, said: “We have spoken with the school and the police and they have been quite supportive. Now it is getting dark so early in the evenings, it is worrying that our children may be wandering through Bury with half an hour to spare.”Naturally enough, the parents fall back on that old, reliable, tried and tested lever to move things their way - THE PAEDOBOOGEYMAN:
They are also angered by the time of the 712 service in the morning.
Ms Cottam added: “It is at 7.40am which means the kids are at school for just after 8am. “If they are delayed getting the bus home they sometimes will not get back until 5pm, which is too long a day. You can’t help but worry about your children in this situation as you just never know who might be about. They are more vulnerable and could be targeted.”The only things likely to be ‘targeting them’ are, usually, their peers, despite the lurid pictures you are painting…