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Pupils from Sandal Primary in Baildon told
Shadow Education Minister David Willetts they couldn't think of
anything that could make their 'My bus'
yellow bus better when he visited the school on Thursday 25
"I asked them what could be done to improve their yellow bus and
they told me 'nothing'," said Mr Willetts. "They obviously love
Mr Willetts said he had made time during a visit to West
Yorkshire to see for himself how the My
bus scheme is providing an efficient way of
transporting pupils to and from school and how the scheme ties in
with the environmental agenda which David Cameron is keen to
As well as pupils Alice, Lewis, Liam and Sophie, Mr Willetts
discussed the scheme with Sandal Primary headteacher Paul Richardson, who told him
the My bus scheme also helped give young children the confidence to
travel on public transport.
Mr Willetts also spoke with the driver Yusef and some mums whose
children use the bus, one of whom, Rebecca Wilkinson, said, "It's a
very good project. It's handy, clean, reliable and is very
Metro Vice Chairman Councillor Ryk Downes told Mr Willetts that
around one million journeys a year were now being made on
bio-diesel-fuelled My bus yellow buses.
Before the scheme was introduced, Councillor Downes explained, over
60% of those journeys would have been made by car, which shows just
how much My bus is cutting congestions and improving school gate
"By the end of this academic year, there will be 150 My bus
buses serving over 250 of the county's schools," said Councillor
Downes. "Metro is now keen to extend the benefits of the scheme to
pupils right across West Yorkshire."
Mr Willetts said: "My bus has got a
national reputation and is the type of project I would like to see
rolled out across the country."