Young kids left by roadside as bus changes cause chaos
SCHOOL children as young as five years old are being left at the roadside during the morning peak, as Buslink grapples with new timetable services across Gladstone.
Buslink, the company contracted by State Government organisation Translink to run bus services in Gladstone, introduced new services for the morning and evening commute on Tuesday.
Since then parents have reported certain bus services have not been showing up on time, if at all.
Gladstone mother Tracey Muller said she was distraught when her children failed to arrive home after school on Wednesday.
"I had to call 000. I've never been so scared in my entire life," she sobbed.
On Thursday more than 20 concerned parents met with Buslink representatives and Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham to find solutions to the transport problem.
Regular bus commuter Ole Sandbaek said the city's transport woes didn't stop at school buses.
"I find this so appalling for a town the size of Gladstone to have these problems," he said.
Ms Cunningham said she would take the issue to the Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson.
In December BusLink planned to introduce new and improved services to the Gladstone region, which would become effective this month.
Buslink general manager Mark Liddelow said there were flaws in the newly adopted timetable and he would meet with Translink on Tuesday.
A Department of Transport and Main Roads representative said the public was given considerable notice of the changes.
Notices were placed on buses and stores in Kin Kora Mall.
Kin Kora State School did not provide comment before deadline.
Parents worried about kids' safety
IF you want to find the bus stop along Glen Eden Dr, just look for a sea of primary school children lined up along the side of the road.
The kids, some as young as five years old, can be found perched on white cement pylons which have been strategically placed to form a makeshift bus stop.
There are no signs, shelter or safety barriers.
At 7.20pm on Thursday, about 20 school children, along with their concerned parents, waited roadside for a bus running on an outdated schedule.
Seconds later a ute roared up the road.
"I'm concerned for the safety of the kids," Gladstone mother Leanne West said.
Another mother, Tracey Muller, is also concerned about safety but in a different context.
"I've notified the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to let them know about this issue," she said.
It's believed one young child had developed heat stroke and started vomiting after waiting in the sun for a bus on the first day of school.
- Glen Eden students should catch route 505 buses to Kin Kora State School, with the route meeting onward connections to Gladstone and Toolooa State High School.
- The safest stop in Glen Eden is at Blaxland Crt. A pedestrian path is available.
- Notices were placed on board buses, at stops in Kin Kora Mall, Valley, Night Owl Centre and Tannum Central and in the Gladstone Observer.
- Information: qconnect.qld.gov.au.
How do you feel about bus timetable changes affecting school kids?
This poll ended on 01 March 2013.
I'm angry and worried about the safety of my kids
I don't think there was enough publicity around the changes
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It could have been handled better
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