Road row rages on over Trinity
Parents hit out over proposed school walk
Angry parents are continuing to protest against Glasgow City Council’s plans to make their kids walk along a dangerous road to reach Trinity High.
The Reformer previously reported how Glasgow is set to change the distance at which secondary pupils are entitled to free school bus travel to the statutory three miles in the coming term.
Under a long-standing agreement, kids attending a denominational school from areas like Fullarton Park are able to send them to Trinity.
But they will no longer be able to bus their children for free after the route they were being asked to walk was deemed safe by the council.
Eleven children from Fullarton Park attend Trinity, and parents fear they’ll be risking their lives trying to get along to school.
The protestors were recently joined by Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry (SNP), Baillieston councillor David Turner (SNP) and Shettleston councillor Martin Neill ( Labour) to walk the proposed route, which crosses London Road, near the busy M74 motorway.
Parent Irene McCallum is horrified that her daughter Rachel (12) would have to use the route.
She said: “We went on the walk with an MP and two councillors, and they couldn’t believe it.
“The council just keep batting the ball back to us whenever anything is raised with them and we’re up against it now with the school going back next week.
“Looking at it, the barriers there are hanging off, so there’s no protection there.
“Four of us were nearly knocked down when we tried to cross the road, and that’s adults, not children.
“They keep saying it’s the parent’s responsibility to get the children there but we can’t all be there every day of the week.”
Issues with the proposed route to the school were also raised by Miss McGarry.
She said: “Having walked the route with parents of children affected by these cuts, I share their very real safety concerns for their children.
“The route takes them under the M74, across several very busy roundabouts and on a route through an industrial estate. Many of the crossings are not marked and safety railings are damaged by crashes on the road.
“I understand that the council feels the need to make savings, but this cannot be done by putting children at risk.
“I felt the danger of walking this route during the light summer morning. I cannot imagine how vulnerable pedestrians must feel during winter with reduced visibility for both them and motorists.”
Glasgow City Council insist the decision is final.
Councillor Stephen Curran, Executive Member for Education and Young People, said: “All the safe route to school inspections have been concluded now.
“The changes to free school transport eligibility were agreed at the council’s budget meeting in February and is still below the statutory obligation.
“The saving will be used to retain the number of teachers in our schools. We have communicated with parents over these changes.
“Where there are no safe routes to school – regardless of the distance – free school transport will remain.”
Angry Parents and their kids are unhappy over the proposed route to Trinity High