AN MP has taken up the baton to find “an acceptable solution” for Radcliffe children who are being left stranded outside school due to overcrowding on buses.

Ivan Lewis, MP for Bury South, has received concerns from several parents about the lack of capacity on the school bus returning to Radcliffe from Tottington High School.

He has written to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) asking them to explain why funding is not available for a smaller bus, and what steps TfGM can take to improve the situation.

Mr Lewis said: “The issue of how these children return home is of serious concern. I am keen that an acceptable solution is found for the rest of this school year.”

TfGM currently provides two buses from the school to Radcliffe before and after school.

They said they were aware of capacity issues on bus service 885/886 but were not aware of the increase in demand for this service before the start of the school term so were unable to consider at that stage whether more capacity could be provided.

They said they would continue to monitor usage and are willing to meet with Mr Lewis, the school and parents.