Parents flag concerns

Mums Leah Cheeseman, Kelly McLeod and Deanne Aitchison are concerned that bus stops on South Yunderup Road are not safe. Picture: Jon Hewson         www.communitypix.com.au   d439889
Mums Leah Cheeseman, Kelly McLeod and Deanne Aitchison are concerned that bus stops on South Yunderup Road are not safe. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d439889

About 10 residents met on Thursday afternoon to highlight their worries, particularly with the bus stop across from the Sandy Cove Tavern car park.

�There is no bus shelter and there is not enough room for children to get off,� Gloria Stone said. �It is an accident waiting to happen. It�s ridiculous.�

Karen Bowell said the bus stop was in a high traffic area after school and cars rarely stopped for the bus.

Leah Cheeseman said her son had almost been run over twice.

On Thursday afternoon, parents saw a teenage girl walk in front of a bus, causing the bus driver to slam on the brakes.

Parents said bus stops further down South Yunderup Road offered little room for students to get off the bus and there was nowhere for parents to park.

One of the stops was on a bend, they added.

Parents want the orange school bus services reinstated and the bus stops moved to a quieter street. Alternatively, they would like the bus stop upgraded to include more room for students to disembark, a footpath and a shelter.

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said there were more than 12,500 bus stops in the Perth and Peel regions and every one was carefully chosen so that it was compliant with the Road Traffic Code 2000.

�This bus stop is no different,� he said, referring to the stop across the road from the tavern. �A full safety audit was carried out on the location of the new stop before it was installed in 2012.

�There is no bus embayment at the location because history has taught us drivers do not allow buses to re-enter traffic, ultimately delaying our passengers.�

Mr Hynes said South Yunderup was a community that had, over time, developed from a semi-rural area to be part of the urban fringe.

�As the area has developed, Transperth bus services have been added in line with population growth,� he said.

�Access to suitable timetabled Transperth bus services means that students in the area no longer qualify for free orange school buses, access to which is governed by strict criteria.

�The PTA will not be reinstating orange school buses in this area.�