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Victory for Drybrook school bus

Local councillors are celebrating a decision to allow more free bus passes for a Forest of Dean school bus.  Following a re-evaluation of the route, Gloucestershire County Council will now make free bus passes available for students travelling from Drybrook to Dene Magna school from early next year.  After concerns from county councillors Brian Robinson and Terry Hale, and representations from local parents and students , Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Richard Boyles, ordered a re-evaluation of the route, which was conducted by an independent assessor from outside the county.  That assessment found the road to be not suitable for foot travel, meaning students travelling on the route will be eligible for a free bus pass if they apply as soon as possible.

Cllr Richard Boyles, commented:

“I have always been determined this issue would be decided fairly, and following representations for local councillors, I ordered an independent re-evaluation, which has determined that the route is not suitable for walking.  Because of that, the county council will fund bus passes for students travelling from Drybrook to Dene Magna in future. Parents will need to apply for the bus passes – and can do so on the county council website at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/transport/school-and-college-transport/apply-for-a-new-or-lost-school-bus-pass/."

Cllr Terry Hale, commented:

“This is great news for parents and students, and is exactly what Brian Robinson and I have been campaigning for months.”

Cllr Brian Robinson, commented:

“This means that the bus service is guaranteed and that students can travel on it for free.  I am really pleased with this outcome. Now we need to make sure all eligible students get the message and apply for their new pass.”