Eye: Thomas Deacon Academy pupils’ bus service returns after u-turn

Peterborough City Council has made a U-turn over its decision to axe the school bus service between Eye and Thomas Deacon Academy, which angered parents: pictured: Members of the Jackson, Robson, Skingsley, Bramwell, Harker and Ella family. Picture: Ben Davis/Peterborough ET
Peterborough City Council has made a U-turn over its decision to axe the school bus service between Eye and Thomas Deacon Academy, which angered parents: pictured: Members of the Jackson, Robson, Skingsley, Bramwell, Harker and Ella family. Picture: Ben Davis/Peterborough ET

A SCHOOL bus service axed over the summer has been reinstated after a U-turn by Peterborough City Council.

Parents were furious and made a formal appeal when the council decided to scrap the service transporting 13 youngsters from Eye to Thomas Deacon Academy, in Queen’s Gardens, Peterborough, in August.

They claimed the route was too dangerous and too far for their children to walk from the village to school.

The council had argued that works carried out at the new A1139 Junction 8 provided a safe crossing and opened the way for the pupils to walk to the school.

But in a U-turn yesterday it was announced that the bus service would be reinstated today just in time for the start of the new school year.

It will stay in place until each of those pupils that have used the service finish their time at the school.

As Eye is currently in the catchment area for Arthur Mellows Village College in Glinton for every other school year, there will be no need for the bus service to continue after that.

Thomas Deacon Academy principal Dr Alan McMurdo said: “We would like to thank The Evening Telegraph for chasing the story over the summer.

“We absolutely welcome the decision and the pupils and their parents are understandably delighted.

“There is a question over why it took so long to get fixed and we need to check the details, but it is definitely good news.”

As a result of the decision, a walk of the route by councillors planned for today has been cancelled.

Jonathan Lewis, the council’s assistant director for children’s services, said: “As a gesture of goodwill we have decided to reinstate home to school transport.

“It is only for the young people who started at the Thomas Deacon Academy in the year that this was their catchment secondary school.

“We consider the route to be safe, and will not be offering free transport in the future for other pupils.”

Eye ward councillor David Sanders said: “I am delighted. I had numerous representations about this and they were passed on in the strongest terms to the council.

“The decision was simply unjust and unfair and I am very happy that the council reviewed its decision and backed down.”