Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ceisteanna (228)

Michael McCarthy

Ceist:

228. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a review of the school transport system in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Cork will be carried out in view of the increase in student enrolment for 2014-15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21054/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Bus Éireann which operates the school transport scheme on behalf of my Department is responsible for the planning and organising of school bus routes, including the designation of the pick-up and set down points to be used by their bus services.

Routes are planned in such a way to ensure that, as far as possible, eligible pupils have a reasonable standard of service while at the same time, ensuring that school transport vehicles are fully utilised in the most efficient and cost effective manner. Bus Éireann review existing services over the summer months. Arising from this review, routes may be altered or extended depending on the number and location of eligible children who will be availing of school transport for the following school year. In this regard parents should liaise with their local Bus Éireann office in Cork.