Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ceisteanna (254)

Seán Fleming


254. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will arrange school transport for a bus route to collect children at a location (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21281/14]

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.