School’s con­ges­tion charge fear

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY JONATHAN KALMUS MANCH­ESTER

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 r e p r e s e n t a - tions to the coun­cil. “They said i t [the plan] would pro­vide for all kids.”

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

The yel­low bus that will trans­port KD pupils

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