384. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school transport route (details supplied) will be amended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15577/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.

Currently over 116,000 children, including almost 12,000 children with special educational needs, are being transported in over 4,500 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres annually at a total cost of almost €190 million in 2017.

Bus Éireann has advised that the extension to the service referred to is currently operating.