St Mary's school pupils in bus-top protest over Hull City Council transport plans
WEAVING through the busy streets of Hull, they sent their message loud and clear.
Pupils from St Mary's College have taken a 700 name petition to Guildhall leaders protesting against cuts to free school transport.
Travelling on an open top bus, pupils went from the school, in Cranbrook Avenue, north Hull, to the Guildhall, to make sure their voice was heard.
Along the way they waves "Save Our Buses" banners as the public looked on.
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The council wants to cut all non-compulsory free school transport.
Heads and parents say the move will harm education in the city and jeopardise the safety of children travelling to school.
Many will have to rely on public transport if dedicated buses to schools are taken away.
Angela Ogilvie, assistant head who is responsible for safeguarding at the school, said: "We have done this because we are really passionate about the children and this will have a detrimental effect.
"They are worried and upset about their future and that their parents may not be able to afford it."
The students were given a positive response as the bus went through the city, as people waved and beeped horns.
The city council has a legal duty to provide transport to pupils who go to their nearest school, but who live more than three miles away for secondary pupils and two miles for primary pupils.
It also must also provide transport for children with special educational needs and low-income families – classed as those pupils on free school meals.
There are currently 1,900 pupils who get free transport, at a cost of about £386 each per year.
About half of them would be affected if all non-compulsory free transport is cut, meaning the council could save about £366,000.
The council launched the consultation in January.
Parents have been invited to a series of meetings to have their say.
The consultation will end on April 10 and a report will be sent to cabinet on May 20.
• Gallery: St Mary's open-top bus protest in pictures