Outrage as school kids made to stand on 100kmh bus trip
PARENTS of Crows Nest school children are concerned for the safety of their children on their daily bus trip to Toowoomba.
Tania Stanley wants Bus Queensland to provide a second service dedicated to the school bus run her son 14-year-old son Boydy and 15-year-old niece Pamela catch from Crows Nest to Toowoomba State High School.
She and fellow concerned parent Rebecca Goddard have written to the company to outline concerns about children standing for the duration of the New England Hwy trip.
"At the start of 2014, the school bus (service 302) was extremely overloaded with a huge amount of children forced to stand," the letter read.
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They said a representative of the company had said it was alright for children to stand as long as it wasn't for more than 20km.
"This is an outrage...
"The road between Crows Nest and Toowoomba is not the safest road. It is just under 50km to Mt Lofty and most of the travel is in 100kmh zones."
A move by the bus company last week to put some of the children on a bus which also services the general public has also angered the parents.
"This has put those students in greater danger as now there are still people standing (including the general public and the elderly)."
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They were also concerned about the safety of their children having to catch the bus with people who might not be suitable to be in close contact with young people.
Ms Stanley said other parents had indicated they supported the push for another service.
A TransLink spokesman addressed the concerns on behalf of Bus Queensland.
He said Bus Queensland had worked with passengers recently to balance the load across the two services to avoid any customers having to stand.
"Route 301 and 302 buses between Crows Nest and Toowoomba are both urban passenger services on the State Government's qconnect network," he said.
"They are not dedicated school bus services."
He said the buses carried 35 eligible School Transport Assistance Scheme students, as well as fare-paying students and the general public.
"Buses on the two routes have sufficient seating capacity for all students and members of the public travelling between Toowoomba and Crows Nest."