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Anger at primary school bus cuts

Parents have reacted with anger to a decision to scrap a school bus service, which they say will put more cars on the roads during the school run.

The Ride Pegasus scheme uses a fleet of 22 buses to take 850 children to 14 primary schools in the Guildford area.

Surrey County Council said it could not fund the £5,000-a-day running costs of the service, which will end in July.

"It seems incredible when every day we are being asked to reduce our carbon footprint," said parent Sarah Tait.

"This decision seems to tell us that there isn't actually a solution to the school-run congestion.

"We have got to individually drive our children to school."

Final decision

Ride Pegasus, which costs nearly £1m-a-year to run, was introduced as a five-year pilot that was due to end in December 2010.

In September the council decided to end the service next year and, despite Liberal Democrat councillors urging a rethink, the final decision to scrap the buses was made on Tuesday.

"The reality is that we just cannot afford this bus service," said councillor Ian Lake.

"Over the period of the trial thus far we have spent almost £5m in subsidy plus £2.5m in capital investment on the buses on what is 1% of schoolchildren in Surrey."



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