‘Last-ditch attempt’ to save school bus

August 17, 2010

Sinn Féin Slieve Gullion councillors Terry Hearty, Colman Burns and Anthony Flynn have met with the Chief Executive of the SELB and members of the SELB Transport Management division in a last ditch attempt to save Clonalig School bus service. 

Explaining the outcome of the meeting, Councillor Hearty said: “We have been campaigning on this issue for many months now since the SELB announced that they were again targeting the Clonalig Bus route for cuts.  On this occasion we appealed directly to the Chief Executive of the SELB for him to intervene in the decision taken by Transport Management to cut this bus.

“We put all of our points to the Chief Executive and explained again that Clonalig School is situated on one of the busiest and most dangerous roads in the country.  He listened to our points and said that he will have the case re-examined.

“Both myself and my colleagues Anthony Flynn and Colman Burns stressed that our main concern was the safety of the children using the bus and we hope that this is also the main concern of the SELB.

“We will just have to wait and see now what the outcome will be but I sincerely hope that children’s lives will not be jeopardised by a disastrous decision to remove this bus transport,” he added.