Bus-ted timetable sees girl, 6, forced to walk

MUM AN­GRY ABOUT SCHOOL ROUTE CHANGE

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AN out­raged mother is de­mand­ing an­swers af­ter changes to the bus timetable mean her six-year-old daugh­ter will not be able to get to and from school.

Karen Slade, from Rooty Hill, said she was fu­ri­ous route 737 would be cut from the timetable from Sun­day.

The changes will force her daugh­ter Hay­ley-Jade, 6, to have to walk for 15 min­utes to Rooty Hill Pub­lic School, and cross a dan­ger­ous road.

The 737 route runs from Rooty Hill and East­ern Creek to Mt Druitt but will be stopped by Busways af­ter this week­end.

“My daugh­ter catches this bus ... ev­ery day, the bus is a gen­eral pub­lic bus and also drops school stu­dents at both Rooty Hill High School and Rooty Hill Pub­lic School,” she said.

Ms Slade said a Busways rep­re­sen­ta­tive told her daugh­ter to catch the 738 bus and then walk 15 min­utes to school, or catch the 759 bus to Mt Druitt and then change and catch the 738 bus.

“This is the only bus that goes from Rooty Hill South to Rooty Hill North,” she said.

“There are a lot of el­derly peo­ple that catch that bus to go to ap­point­ments ... from East­ern Creek to Rooty Hill med­i­cal cen­tre.

“I don’t want my daugh­ter cross­ing a dan­ger­ous road where there are ac­ci­dents all the time ... I have an­other son with a dis­abil­ity who goes to an­other school and I can’t be in two places ... pick­ing her up and be­ing home for him ...”

A NSW Trans­port spokesman said the changes were be­ing made to bet­ter meet the needs of bus cus­tomers.

“From Sun­day, Novem­ber 29, route 737 will no longer op­er­ate but cus­tomers will be still be able to get to where they need to go by catching the new route 728, which will travel be­tween Mt Druitt and Black­town via Rooty Hill and Bun­gar­ribee,” he said.

“Busways will en­sure that stu­dents in the area, in­clud­ing those at­tend­ing Rooty Hill Pub­lic School and Rooty Hill High School, can con­tinue to travel to and from their school, with­out dis­rup­tion.”

Busways will be­gin dis­tribut­ing in­for­ma­tion about the school bus changes this week, he said.

Par­ents with spe­cific ques­tions about school ser­vices, or any ser­vice in gen­eral should call Busways on 9625 8900, or visit busways.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: DAVID SWIFT

Karen Slade is fu­ri­ous her daugh­ter Hay­ley-Jade, 6, will be forced to walk 15 min­utes just to get to school.

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