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I am writing in response to your article on school transport provision (LGC, 16 April). ...
I am writing in response to your article on school transport provision (LGC, 16 April).

I welcome councils being given more freedom to come up with innovative solutions to local problems. But the government's Draft School Transport Bill offers few answers to the key question of how we get our children to school without adding to peak-hour congestion.

Children and parents should be able to access the school of their choice without having to pay for the privilege. Is the government suggesting some 600,000 children who use school transport because they live over three miles from their schools will suddenly begin walking?

What thought has the government given to the impact on denominational schools? Should children be denied their right to choose a denominational school simply because they cannot afford to pay for transport?

Cutting free school transport will not improve children's health or cut congestion, it will simply remove the right to a free education.

Phil Willis MP

Liberal Democrat education & skills spokesman

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