Eighty parents living in East Cambridgeshire have expressed concerns over a lack of transport for sixth form college students.
Parents have hit out at public bus and train services for teenagers who travel to Cambridge colleges from Soham, Isleham, Fordham and the surrounding area, which they say are limited, expensive and inconvenient.
Sue Ling, of Market Street, Fordham, whose 16 year old son attends Long Road College, sent an email to parents after becoming frustrated with the transport “nightmare” and received a huge response from people with similar problems.
“The council should be providing adequate transport for our children to get to school,” she said.
“Yes, subsidies are there, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the current services aren’t good enough.”
She added: “The roads between Soham and Ely are jampacked in the morning with people trying to get to Ely station. If the council ran a coach it would take away a huge amount of the traffic.
“Soham is growing massively and Fordham is due for more houses. What is going to happen then? The council has to wake up and realise this is a growing problem.”
Julie Collen, of Downfields, Soham, who has 16-year-old twins at college in Cambridge and Ely, said: “I would like the council to have some form of subsidised bus route from the villages to Cambridge. I think boundaries need to be looked at.”
Sue Thompson, of Malting Lane, Isleham, said: “I take my two children and a neighbour’s child every day to Ely to get the train. So far this term we’ve just missed witnessing two accidents on the Soham bypass stretch.”
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said funding future transport was “not a realistic possibility” due to ongoing cuts.
The spokesman added: “Complaints about bus or train services would have to be taken up with the providers individually. The county council provides subsidised transport for students to their nearest sixth form centre. For those living in Soham, Fordham and Isleham, their nearest sixth form centre is Ely. They are therefore eligible for subsidised transport to Ely, but not to Cambridge.”
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