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Mother’s fury after son abandoned at Upavon bus stop
Mum Laura Woods was left horrified after her four-year-old son was abandoned on the side of the road by the school bus.
Tadghan Woods started at Rushall Primary School on September 3 and had been getting the school bus, run by Pewsey Vale Coaches, all week with his mum dropping him off and picking him up from the bus stop across the road from their home.
But at the end of the first school week when 27-year-old Ms Woods, of Down View in Upavon, went to pick her son up from the bus stop she found that the bus had arrived early and Tadghan had been left on the side of the road.
Ms Woods said: “I got to the bus stop three minutes before its scheduled arrival time and as I arrived the bus was pulling away.
“At first I thought I’d have to follow the bus to the next stop but then I saw my son running down the street alone.
“I rang the school straight away but they told me that it was not their responsibility and I would have to contact the bus company. I spoke to the company and they told me that the bus driver said I was late, which isn’t true.
“Even if it was, it’s a moot point because if I was late they should have kept Tadghan on the bus.
“I was told that they would speak to the driver and put a poster up in the driver’s room.”
Ms Woods, who also has a two-year-old daughter, Ariel, did the school run herself afterwards but she is training as a student social worker at Bath University and the new term started on Monday.
She said: “On Wednesday I bit the bullet and took my son to the bus stop to test the waters and when I spoke to some of the mothers I was told that the day before the bus was early again and a four-year-old and a five-year-old were left at the side of the road alone.
“We live in a rural area and with no school in Upavon we have to put our trust in these people that were effectively strangers which was really difficult for me because it was my first experience of anything like this but I spoke to the school about it first and they reassured me.
“My house is just across the road from the bus stop and if Tadghan had recognised that he would have run across a very busy road.”
Pewsey Vale Coaches would not comment.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Council, which operates the contract, said: “We’re sorry to hear he has had problems on the return journey from school. We do advise parents to make sure they are at the bus stop five minutes before its scheduled arrival time.
“We will be looking into what happened here and working with everyone to help ensure we resolve this problem. One way to do this is by employing an escort on the bus to support the driver in their duties and this is currently what we are considering for this particular bus.”
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