Written answers

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Department of Education and Skills

School Transport

Photo of Darren O'RourkeDarren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein)
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103. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of buses operating under the school bus transport programme; the number of students carried on school bus transport in 2019; the number of routes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23447/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education. In the current school year over 114,100 children, including over 14,700 children with special educational needs, are transported on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country at a cost of over €224.7m in 2020.

As per the information requested by the Deputy for 2019, Bus Éireann has outlined the number of pupils carried on school transport, the number of vehicles and the number of routes operating in the 2019/20 school year as set out in the table below:

Bus Transport Programme Number of students
Number of pupils 120,848
Number of vehicles 5,333
Number of routes 7,374


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