Whitchurch pupils who attend secondary school in Malpas will still be able to get home via a public bus service, according to the town’s MP.

A bus service carried out by Happy Days ferried around 30 pupils from the town and surrounding areas to Bishop Heber Secondary School, in Chester Road, Malpas.

The Happy Days school bus was set to come to an end in November after cuts to the service had been previously announced. This would have impacted the pupils in rural north Shropshire, with alternative bus services not leaving until 9.20am at the earliest – well after the start of the school day.

Whitchurch Herald: Bishop Heber School in Malpas.Bishop Heber School in Malpas. (Image: Google)


This led to North Shropshire MP Helen Morgan to intervene with a plea to Cheshire West and Chester Council, Shropshire Council, Aintree Coaches who run the 41 Whitchurch to Chester service, and Happy Days bus services themselves.

An amended timetable has now been issued, meaning pupils will be able to get to school on time, and back at 4pm rather than the previous 3.30pm.

Helen Morgan MP said: “The journey to school can be a logistical challenge in a big rural area like North Shropshire.

“Getting councils and governments to work together is important, especially given many of our larger towns are right on the border with Wales, Cheshire and Staffordshire.

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“I’m really pleased to see that the issue at Bishop Heber School has now been resolved, and that North Shropshire pupils will be able to get to school and back on time.

 “I’m always happy to take on any local concerns from people in our county – we’re now reaching our 11,000th piece of casework.

“Just contact my office and we will see what we can do.”