Bus-ted timetable sees girl, 6, forced to walk
MUM ANGRY ABOUT SCHOOL ROUTE CHANGE
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.
Karen Slade is furious her daughter Hayley-Jade, 6, will be forced to walk 15 minutes just to get to school.