School bus stops increase fears for children’s safety

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STAFF at a primary school fear for the safety of their pupils after two bus stops were installed directly outside.

Northamptonshire County Council’s decision to put up the signs on both sides of Daventry Road in Barby has been branded “a massive mistake”.

It comes following a series of attempts to improve child safety have failed and requests for a crossing turned down.

Concerned parent Cathy King said: “I think it is an absolutely stupid decision and a massive mistake.

“You get cars coming through there at 60 miles per hour and it is just going to make problems worse.

“There should be a speed camera along there rather than a bus stop and I think this just makes the situation worse.”

Another parent Lisa Thompson agreed and added: “I don’t think there is going to be a service in the future so I am not convinced about what the need is for a bus stop, but I am worried about the children’s safety.”

Delivery of the signs came as a surprise to staff who had not been notified of the plans.

School secretary Caroline Neale said: “I looked outside and saw some people delivering some bus stops and putting one right outside the school. I couldn’t believe it.

“The timetable of the bus service sees the bus arrive at those stops on the hour and quarter past the hour which coincides exactly with the time the children are coming and going.

“There are a lot of parents who park their cars outside the school when they come to collect the children and the road essentially becomes just one lane.

“Imagine if you are driving down and are met by a bus, it is not a good situation.”

The chair of governors at the school, Danielle Hughes, added: “There is no safe way for the pupils to cross the school side road to get to the other side of the village.

“I think having the bus stops there just exacerbate the problems in the school.

“Some parents are now going to drive because they think their children will be safer.”

NCC will not be looking to move the bus stop.

A spokesman said: “The bus stop in Barby was erected after being requested by residents and received the backing of the parish council. Statutory consultation was carried out and the site inspected to ensure it was in a suitable location.”