Ballivor School Bus Victory As New Bus is Sourced – Tóibín
Aontú leader and Meath West TD has announced that a new School Bus has been sourced for students and pupils from Ballivor, Co Meath who were left without school bus transport since the start of the academic year. An Teachta Tóibín stated;
“We are delighted to announce that a new School Bus has been sourced for students and pupils that were left without school transport this year. This is mighty news for all concerned. The new bus will start on Monday the 7th of November. Tickets are currently being issued by Bus Éireann. I would like to thank the staff at Bus Éireann for their quick sourcing of this bus”.
“However it should not have had to take children, parents and their TD to walk 17km to school on country roads on a foggy Autumn morning to highlight this crisis. Governments should sort capacity out before they announce these initiatives. The trouble is for each of the 17 children that now have a bus solution in Ballivor there are dozens of others facing a winter and new year still without School Bus transport”.
“This puts families under fierce pressure juggling schools runs, commutes, their jobs and the high cost of living. We know that one of the reasons that school bus companies are not tendering for some of these contracts is that they themselves are locked into previous contracts that are not covering the increase in the cost of the fuel that they use. The government needs to do more to make public transport viable especially in regional and rural areas.