Race against time to replace school transport services

Race against time to replace school transport services

Published at 1:00pm 1st September 2017. (Updated at 2:40pm 1st September 2017)

Dozens of families in the Harrogate and Ripon areas are facing an uncertain start to the new school year.

It follows the sudden death of one of the council's "valued and long-standing" transport contractors.

Shaun McGowan held more than 30 contracts which consisted of two local bus services and a combination of special educational needs and mainstream school transport.

His Ripon-based company, which traded as SP McGowan (taxi and minibus hire) with the council, is no longer in a position to continue providing the services.

County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Schools, said: "Our sympathy and thoughts are with Shaun's family at this very sad time.

"We are also mindful that the new school year begins next week and we are making every effort to work with other providers to secure services. We are also contacting parents and schools about the situation as a matter of urgency and will keep all interested parties updated as soon as we have detail of alternative arrangements."

You can check for updates at www.northyorks.gov.uk/transportnews