Merthyr protest over proposed school transport cuts

A protest march is held in Merthyr Town Centre. It's in opposition to the councils' plans to cut transport for sixth-form pupils at Ysgol Rhydywaun.

Protest held in Merthyr Tydfil over proposed cuts

Protesters gathered outside the council offices Credit: Mike Griffiths/ITV News

A protest has been held in Merthyr Tydfil to oppose cuts proposed by the local council.

One concern is a plan to withdraw transport provision for over-16s to travelling to school.

Campaigners say this would make it harder for pupils to travel to Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun in neighbouring Rhondda Cynon Taf, and threaten the future of the school.

Merthyr Tydfil Council has previously told ITV News that it won't comment until the end of a consultation next week.

Campaigners made speeches inside the town's Soar theatre Credit: Mike Griffiths/ITV News

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Cuts would 'force us to pay for Welsh Education'

"These cuts are a threat to the future of our Sixth Form. We feel that the council has targeted the weakest residents with these proposed cuts. Young people, the elderly and the disabled will be most affected by the cuts. In a time when money is already scarce, the council intends to force us to pay for a Welsh education

– Morgan Powell, pupil at Rhydywaun's Sixth Form

Pupils, teachers and parents due to protest against cuts

A protest march is due to be held at Merthyr Town Centre later this morning. It's in opposition to the councils' plans to cut transport for sixth-form pupils at Ysgol Rhydywaun.

Over 90 sixth form pupils travel from Merthyr to Ysgol Rhydywaun every day. But there are now plans out for consultation that could bring the service to an end.

Pupils are concerned about the negative impact that these cuts will have on the residents of Merthyr,

Merthyr council are yet to comment on today's protest but have previously told ITV Wales that they won't comment while the consultation process is ongoing.