In the Queen's Speech the Government announced that a draft Bill would be published in the present session of Parliament to enable some local authorities to pilot new arrangements for school transport to reduce road congestion. The intention is that the Bill will build upon the Action Plan on School Transport published by the Government last year.
The purpose of the Bill is to:
Enable 6 - 12 pilots in up to 20 local authorities
Help LEAs to develop innovative solutions to school travel, and
Allow LEAs to charge those who can afford to pay
This Committee proposes to hold a one off evidence session to consider the transport implications of the forthcoming draft Bill on School Transport, and developments in School Transport, on Wednesday, 4 February at 2 45 pm.
The witnesses will be:
At 2.45 pm Local Government Association, Surrey County Council, and Hampshire County Council;
At 3.25 pm National Association of Head Teachers and Secondary Heads Association
At 4.00 pm SUSTRANS, FirstGroup, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, and Sutton Trust
At 4.45 pm David Jamieson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport
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Press Notice 06/2003-04 28 January 2004
Eve Samson, Clerk to the Committee