School bus services for key worker families in Lincolnshire under strain due to coronavirus restrictions

Parents who are key workers are being warned that problems are now arising with school bus operators struggling to maintain services to schools in parts of the county.

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In a message issued overnight by Martin Smith, Lincolnshire County Council’s Interim Director for Children’s Services - Education, he said: “The council and local transport operators are working hard to support children that still need to be transported to school at this time.

“Unfortunately, due to the increasing challenges it is now proving very difficult to maintain current transport arrangements with contractors.”

Companies are struggling with issues including maintaining staff levels due to self isolation and childcare issues.

He apologised for the late notice but they were dealing with challenges as they arose.

As of today (Wednesday), if it is essential that children continue to attend school and are usually entitled to transport, parents and carers are being advised to accompany them to the pick-up point to be sure that their transport arrives.

Mr Smith went on: “If transport does not turn up they are advised to take them to school or college themselves. If at all possible we ask that parents and carers continue to do this. If it is not possible for them to transport their child

going forward, they should contact the Transport Services Group ([email protected] or 01522 782020) to discuss options. You may also wish to use these contact details if you have any queries.)

Parents and carers are urged to regularly check the County Council’s website daily for any further specific updates on the transport situation.