Minister Simon Harris today announced that some progress has been made in re-establishing much-needed school bus routes.
Over one hundred children were left waiting at bus stops at the beginning of the school year due to what has been described as a ‘crisis’ in the school transport system, with many frustrated parents blaming the government for not allowing Bus Éireann to recruit drivers directly to handle the routes.
Speaking today, Minister Simon Harris confirmed that progress has been made in restoring these routes with 10 bus routes now back in operation.
Minister Harris said, “I have been in touch with a huge number of parents and families who have been affected by the recent issues surrounding school transport across County Wicklow. Today I am glad to be able to confirm that after closely pursuing this issue with Bus Éireann, ten of the previously effected routes are now back up and running.”
“I am very aware of the difficulties parents and families have been encountering and I am delighted to see that we are making progress in restoring each of the affected school bus routes.”
“I have been advised by Bus Éireann that we can expect to see more and more of these routes brought back into operation in the near future.”
“The importance of education for our children and young people cannot be overstated, and I do not want to see anyone missing out on their education due to transport issues.”
“There are still some bus routes that are yet to be restored, and I will continue to work with Bus Éireann to ensure that these routes are re-established as soon as possible.” Minister Harris concluded.
While the bus route crisis has affected many parts of Ireland, it is Wicklow, Clare, and Limerick that have suffered the most.
Only weeks ago there was ‘little optimism’ that a short-term solution could be reached. And while today’s news will be welcomed by many parents and students alike, there is still much work to be done before the crisis is over.