A BUS driver is facing disciplinary action after children were left stranded on a major road.

The pupils, from Perins School, Alresford, were left to walk along the A32 near West Meon after the No 67 driver claimed a fallen power cable had prevented the bus from completing its journey.

As a result the children walked along the dangerous A32 unaccompanied.

Angry parents took to Facebook, saying they believe their children’s safety was not considered. One parent said: “They were unable to head to West Meon and East Meon due to a power cable being down. I was lucky that along with another mum we were able to retrieve our children.”

Another added: “I just can’t get over the fact that these kids were literally dumped!”, while others said it was ‘utterly shocking’.

A spokesman for South and Southern Electric Networks (SSEN) said that a power cable in East Meon was brought down by ‘strong winds’ as a result of Storm Aileen.

last Wednesday afternoon.

Stagecoach told parents via Twitter that it would be ‘attempting’ the normal 67 bus route.

Pete Robinson, Stagecoach local manager, added: “Stagecoach instructed the drivers to go to West Meon as far as they could. For whatever reason, that didn’t happen.”

Mr Robinson apologised to all those affected.

Stagecoach confirmed that disciplinary action was being taken against the driver.

County councillor Jackie Porter said: “The school should do a full investigation so it doesn’t happen again. I will do my own investigation with the county transport service.”

Mark Nevola, deputy headteacher at Perins, added: “We are happy that Stagecoach have taken it on board and are dealing with it as a serious matter.”