Talybont residents hold school bus protest


Geraint Jones

PARENTS and children from a village near Bangor held at protest march against proposed free school bus cuts.

Protestors walked from Talybont to Ysgol Llandygai to voice their anger at Gwynedd Council’s free school bus policy.

Dyfed Parry, who organised the protest, said: “I can’t thank everyone enough for the support we have had today.

“I hope it sends a message to the county council that we’re not going to take this lightly.”

Gwynedd Council council tried a similar action in 1979 and 1991, but the route was deemed dangerous after protests and petitions.

The protest comes after Maesgeirchen residents held a similar march.

Cllr Gareth Thomas, cabinet member for education, is due to discuss school bus provision in Maesgeirchen with cllrs Nigel Pickavance, Chris O’Neal and Sian Gwenllian, the former education portfolio holder, again next week.

A Gwynedd Council spokeswoman said: there was “clear national guidance and local policy” which ensured that every pupil entitled to free transport received it.

She added: “Following concerns raised regarding the route between Talybont and Ysgol Llandygai, the council carried out a further feasibility study into the crossing of the old A55 between Talybont and Llandygai.

“Following this study, the council has agreed to carry out road safety improvements in this area which will include the provision of a new footway and relevant signage.

"Work on these improvements will get underway as soon as possible.

The spokeswoman added that cllr Thomas had also asked officers to assess the situation under new Welsh Government Learner Travel guidelines, and added that parents would be able to request to accompany the risk assessor during the assessment.

The spokeswoman said: “In addition, officers from the council’s road safety team will be arranging with the school to raise awareness of road safety matters with the pupils as soon as possible.”


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