An investigation has been launched by a Midlands bus company after an angry mum tweeted a photograph of children travelling on a ‘packed’ single-decker to school.

The concerned parent posted a picture of youngsters standing next to each other in the aisle and children seated on the Arriva X84 service which travels to Rugby from Leicester.

The mum, who gave her name as Elaine, said her 17-year-old daughter sent her the photograph yesterday, LeicestershireLive reports.

“My daughter gets the X84 from Narborough to get to Lutterworth College,” she said.

“She gets the bus at about 7.14am to get to college for about 8am.

“She sent me the picture from yesterday and I tried to contact Arriva about it as the children are just too close together.”

She added: “I was 73 in the telephone queue so I gave up. My daughter caught the bus again today and she contacted me to tell me it was just as packed.

“I was so angry I just put the photo on Twitter and hoped to raise awareness that way.

“The school is doing what it can to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 but they have to travel there packed in like sardines.

“What I don’t understand is that the college has had a phased return with not all pupils back at the same time.

“My daughter was one of the first to got back last Monday and the was double decker on the run.

“This week all the school is back and there is single decker on the run. That does not make sense.”

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Arriva Midlands East has apologised to Elaine and that it will investigate the situation.

Arriva Midlands East tweeted to Elaine: “Good morning, sorry to see this, can you confirm the time and direction of bus so we can investigate please?

“This is being looked into and we are monitoring the situation constantly to ensure the extra resources we have out on the roads are going to where they are needed the most.”

Arriva Midlands East has been contacted for a comment.

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