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More than 20,000 lose school transport.

More than 20,000 lose school transport.

More than 20,000 children in rural England have lost access to free school transport, say local authorities.

The County Councils Network says budget shortages mean rural school transport is being cut to a "bare minimum".

They say school transport costs are on average almost 10 times higher for councils in rural areas than for those in cities.

"We have had little choice but to cut back on free transport services," said the leader of Oxfordshire council.

The County Councils Network says that data from 20 rural authorities shows that in 2017 there were 22,000 fewer pupils getting free school transport, such as buses and taxis, compared with three years before.

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