Eight schools in Dacorum face transport cuts

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EIGHT schools in Dacorum are facing transport cuts as county council chiefs seek to slash millions of pounds of spending.

Bus services for schools in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring face being axed or reduced as part of countywide plans to save around £6 million a year – a fifth of the transport budget.

Hemel Hempstead School, Cavendish, John F Kennedy and Cuthbert Mayne are facing cuts, along with Kings Langley School, Thomas More School, Tring School and Aldbury Primary.

The changes also mean most children who currently get free transport will have to start paying, while charges for the service will be hiked.

Herts County Council wants to cut the annual schools transport budget of £25 million and it is encouraging schools and communities to replace withdrawn services.

Across the county 155 routes risk being axed and 47 face a reduction in capacity from September 2012, while the county council will continue to run 174 services and the private sector is expected to pick up 13 routes.

A public consultation on the changes is currently running until August 15.

To have your say, visit the website at www.hertsdirect.org/csfconsultations or call 01438 737350.