Liberal Democrat campaigner Julie Pörksen has stepped up her campaign to force the county council to rethink controversial plans to abolish free transport for 16-18 year olds.
The Labour-led administration at Northumberland County Council is looking at the possibility of imposing a £450 charge for travel to sixth form or college, which is currently free.
The proposal would reverse a decision made by the Lib Dems to scrap the charges in 2009.
Pörksen, who is standing to succeed Sir Alan Beith as the MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, has set up a petition calling on Labour to remove the charges and is looking for people to sign up to this petition.
She said: “I believe every young person has the right to attend school or college up to age 18 for free. This basic right should be regardless of where they live, or how much money their parents have, everyone should have the same opportunity to get a good education.
“Liberal Democrats believe that everyone should have the opportunity to get on in life and the education you can access is key. Labour’s plans mean that in future, in rural areas some young people may be deprived of this opportunity.
“When I discussed the issue with young people going home from the Duchess’ School in Alnwick, many were incredulous that the council were considering charging for their school buses.
“I hope young people, their parents and teachers from across the county will join my campaign and sign the petition to persuade Labour to scrap their plans to charge for school transport.”