School Transport Consultation

The consultation to change school transport arrangements in North Lanarkshire is under way

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Free school provision in North Lanarkshire is more generous than the statutory national guidelines and the consultation focuses on proposals to increase the qualification for entitlement to free school transport:

  • for primary school pupils from more than 1 mile from their home to their catchment school to more than 2 miles. 
  • for secondary school pupils from more than 2 miles from their home to their catchment school to more than 3 miles.

Cllr Frank McNally, Convener of Education said: "North Lanarkshire Council is facing difficult budget challenges. Since 2007 the council's budget has been cut by more than £170 million, with a further £26 million reduction expected from government in the new financial year.

"North Lanarkshire is one of the only a few local authorities that provide as generous a distance in relation to transport and with the scale of the cuts expected, it is important that this is explored. This is simply a public consultation at this stage and I would encourage people to respond so that all views can be taken into account before a decision is made."

Isabelle Boyd, Assistant Chief Executive, North Lanarkshire Council, added: "We will assess all safe walking routes as part of the process and we are encouraging all parents and carers to take part in the consultation and share their views."

People can participate in the consultation by:

Or you can attend one of the public meetings:

  • Tuesday 21 November 7pm to 9pm - St Andrew's HS, Coatbridge
  • Wednesday 22 November 7pm to 9pm - Clyde Valley HS, Wishaw
  • Thursday 23 November 7pm to 9pm - Cardinal Newman HS, Bellshill
  • Friday 24 November 7pm to 9pm - Kilsyth Academy
  • Tuesday 28 November 7pm to 9pm - Greenfaulds HS, Cumbernauld
  • Wednesday 29 November 7pm to 9pm - Chryston HS
  • Thursday 30 November 7pm to 9pm - St Margaret's HS, Airdrie
  • Friday 1 December 7pm to 9pm - Our Lady's High School, Motherwell

Packs will be sent out to parents in the first week of the consultation and paper copies will be available in all North Lanarkshire libraries. Consultation responses cannot be accepted by telephone.

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