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Bus Services: Schools

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what his Department's policy is on the placement of bus stops for school transport alongside dual carriageways; and if he will make a statement; (244829)

(2) what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on the road safety aspects of the placement of bus stops for school transport; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Transport provides general guidance on bus stop provision, including road safety considerations, in chapter 8 of “Local Transport Note 1/97: Keeping Buses Moving”. This is available on the Department for Transport website at

www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/tpm/ltnotes/.

The guidance does not provide specific advice on the placement of bus stops for school transport.

Decisions on placement of bus stops are a matter for the local highway authority in consultation with bus operators and other interested parties such as the police.