Priti backs No72 campaign

3rd February 2018

Witham MP Priti Patel is backing the efforts of parents and pupils campaigning to save the number 72 bus from being axed in February. The service, which takes pupils to and from New Rickstones Academy in Witham, is set to be abolished by bus operator First Group from 18 February 2018. Priti met with a parent campaigner today [Friday 2 February 2018] to discuss the impact the loss of this service will have on children at New Rickstones Academy and has already written to First Group's Chief Executive to ask them to reconsider the decision and raised the matter in the House of Commons. Speaking after her meeting Priti said:

"The number 72 bus route must be reinstated and it is disappointing that First are planning to axe it. There has been no consultation and pupils attending New Rickstones Academy will be badly affected by this change. People rely on this service every day and it is shocking that First have failed to think through the consequences of this decision. Parents are very concerned and worried and First need to listen to them and reverse their plans."

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