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MP urges Government to make sure no child misses GCSE exams because of Lakes Line cancellations

May 14, 2018 10:37 AM

Tim at Windermere stationLocal MP Tim Farron has written a letter to the Secretary of States for Transport and Education asking them to ensure children who rely on the Lakes Line have access to their local school ahead of GCSEs next week.

The line has experienced mass cancellations over the past few months which has caused huge problems for children who rely on the train to get to school and back.

There was one incident last week where around 120 children were stranded in Kendal after school because their train had been cancelled and there was no replacement bus service on hand to take them home.

Tim has also contacted Northern to ask what safeguards are being put in place in the next month to help pupils get to these essential exams.

Tim said: "Over the past few weeks I've had a lot of parents contacting me who are worried that their child may be unable to make it into school in time for GCSE exams because of the shambolic state of the Lakes Line.

"Children put a lot of hard work into preparing for these important exams and it is absolutely unacceptable for them to be forced to miss taking them just because of poor decisions made by Northern and the Department for Transport.

"The Government must intervene immediately to ensure that no child misses out on taking these crucial exams."