School’s congestion charge fear

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 3, 2008

King David High pupils in Manchester will have an American-style bus service under proposed transport plans that would force parents who drive their children to school to pay a congestion charge.

The yellow buses are part of a suggested city-wide transport revamp, incorporating a Manchester congestion charge within five years. The local transport authority would allocate yellow buses solely for King David's secondary school, but there would be no organised transport provision for infant and junior pupils.

Because King David is just inside the charge zone, parents from Whitefield could pay up to £3 to drive the two-mile school-run. Parent Sally Burns urged the authority to come up with an alternative, saying: "If we are forced to pay to take our kids to school, it's deplorable."

King David governors' chair Joshua Rowe said that the school would be making representations to the council. "They said it [the plan] would provide for all kids."

The transport authority head, Manchester Jewish leader Sir Howard Bernstein, said: "We would be happy to sit down and have further discussions with the school about their concerns."

Last updated: 10:26am, October 6 2008