Parents’ fear after council’s school bus switch
Parents living in Newton Farm say a new pick-up point for the Cairns Primary School bus is putting their children in danger.
South Lanarkshire Council this week moved the pick-up point for Newton Farm residents from the bus stop at Bale Court to the stop off the roundabout at Grayline Avenue.
Parents living in Newton Farm say a new pickup point for the Cairns Primary School bus is putting kids in danger.
South Lanarkshire Council this week moved the pickup point for Newton Farm residents from the bus stop at Bale Court to the stop-off the roundabout at Grayline Avenue.
The move from the middle to the back of the Newton Farm development comes after a number of Bale Court residents complained parents were using their car park to drop off and pick up children from the bus.
But the change — parents argue — will force children as young as five to walk almost one mile to the bus stop at a much busier point of the road.
Marri McCarville, whose primary one son gets the bus each morning, said the school bus has not been able to pull in alongside the pavement because a First Bus is already parked there.
Explaining the stop is often used by drivers taking a rest, Marri said: “I have advised South Lanarkshire Council that there’s always a Firstbus parked at the Grayline stop and I have no idea how the drivers are going to get children loaded onto the bus if the bus stop is blocked.
“I also have significant concerns about making the kids walk all the way to the bottom of the estate.
“We have to be one mile away from school to apply for free transport, but this new stop is one mile from a lot of people’s houses.”
She added: “The council say they have sent out a safety officer. I don’t understand how it has managed to pass.
“Most of the kids are in P1, they are only five years old and have just started primary .”
Marri was one of many parents to express concern about the bus stop move, with several parents taking to Facebook to record their outrage.
One father on the Parents and Carers of Cairns Primary School Facebook page said: “I am also not happy about this and will phone the council and complain. The proposed new area is not safe or practical.”
Another mother added: “South Lanarkshire Council should really put a lollipop person on that part of the road. It is crazy the way cars drive around it, so now they have a far busier place to negotiate.”
Des Dickson, head of education at the council, said: “In response to concerns raised by residents a decision has been taken to move the pickup point for pupils.
“SPT, education resources and roads and transportation have all been involved in assessing the new location, and are comfortable that it offers a suitable area for pupils to congregate. The situation will continue to be monitored.
“We would urge parents who are concerned that children require supervision on the route to and from school, to ensure they are accompanied by an adult.”