Safety re­view called for bus stop

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Wendy Lovell has called for an im­me­di­ate safety re­view to be car­ried out at a Bun­da­long school bus stop.

Speak­ing in State Par­lia­ment last week, Ms Lovell called on the Min­is­ter for Roads and Road Safety Luke Don­nel­lan to or­der the re­view of the bus stop on the Mur­ray Val­ley High­way out­side the Bun­da­long Gen­eral Store, used by both V/Line pas­sen­gers and chil­dren who at­tend school in Wan­garatta.

Ms Lovell has iden­ti­fied key mea­sures that will im­prove safety for chil­dren us­ing the ser­vice.

She was re­cently con­tacted by a con­stituent con­cerned about the safety of the chil­dren us­ing this bus stop, which is lo­cated in an 80km/h speed zone.

“The school bus stop out­side the Bun­da­long Gen­eral Store on the Mur­ray Val­ley High­way lacks any sig­nage to warn mo­torists that the stop is used by school chil­dren and this is par- tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous “with ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling past at 80km/h,” Ms Lovell said.

There is also no des­ig­nated park­ing so each morn­ing the chil­dren have to avoid par­ent ve­hi­cles as well as cus­tomers driv­ing into the drive­way of the store.”

Ms Lovell said the sit­u­a­tion in the af­ter­noon was much worse, with the buses drop­ping off the chil­dren on the west­ern side of the high­way, mean­ing they have to cross the road to get to wait­ing par­ents.

“The af­ter­noon drop off is on a gravel area off the road op­po­site the store and stu­dents are forced to cross the busy high­way to get to their par­ents,” Ms Lovell said.

“This area again has no sig­nage and is used by other traf­fic as a park­ing bay, cre­at­ing a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion for the school chil­dren,”

Ms Lovell said, “Par­ents have ad­vised me this bus stop is cur­rently un­safe for chil­dren catch­ing school buses and that is why I have asked the min­is­ter to or­der an im­me­di­ate safety re­view by Vi­cRoads to iden­tify mea­sures that will im­prove safety at this lo­ca­tion.”

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