Some pupils have finally been provided with a space on a bus to and from school - after a disastrous start to the new academic year saw hundreds of pupils stranded.

Bucks County Council is working with Ashwood Travel, which currently runs the 845 school bus from Farnham to The Beaconsfield School, who have agreed to run a larger bus - more 20 extra seats on a service that was already full.

Frustrated parents previously branded the county council an "absolute disgrace" for changing their home-to-school transport policy.


Parents received what they said was an “unexpected” email just before midnight on August Bank Holiday Monday announcing that the council would no longer provide the children places on school buses - meaning they had to find new arrangements at short notice to get their children to school.

Parents had applied back in March to pay for a place on the bus to get their 11-year-olds to their catchment secondary school.

County council leader Martin Tett earlier apologised to parents for the string of problems they faced, admitting "poor administration" was to blame.

Parents and carers can buy tickets for students directly from the bus operator for the new expanded 845 school service.

Anita Cranmer, cabinet member for education and skills and Mark Shaw, cabinet member for transportation, said: “We know parents and carers up and down the county haven’t had an easy time of it regarding issues at the start of this school year with the county’s school transport service and we are still working very hard to resolve all the outstanding issues.

“While the county council isn’t obliged to transport children to school, other than those who qualify, we will do what we can to work with local bus companies to help find a solution for local families.

“This is a great example of how we will achieve that and we are delighted we’ve been able to increase capacity on an existing service to get students onto a dedicated school bus and to buy their tickets directly from the bus company.”