Council to push for free school transport for all

FERMANAGH and Omagh District Council has agreed to push to have free school transport extended to all children, not just those living beyond two miles of their school.

The issue was raised during a discussion on traffic congestion in both Omagh and Enniskillen at the council’s monthly meeting on Tuesday of last week.

Cllr Sorcha McAnespy said Omagh town centre is brought to a standstill during the school run in the mornings and afternoons.


Councillors agreed to push for a change in the legislation, which currently states only children who live more than two miles from a primary school and three miles from a secondary school could avail of free transport.

They also want particular attention paid to children living in rural areas, emphasising the need for safety.

The chamber heard of the dangers faced by children who would have to walk on rural roads as a result of the current policy.

It was suggested that members needed to take a “more refined and collective” approach to the issue, and that “a concerted effort” and a more long-term strategy was needed.

A proposal was made to set up a sub committee group to see what this strategy required.

The members agreed with the concept of having a collective effort to have the two-mile rule reviewed, and the motion to set up a sub-committee was passed.


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