Bardia students left stranded on roadside after bus fails to stop ... again

Stranded: Janelle Nicholls three sons (left to right) Stanley, Douglas and Gordon, outside Bardia Public School. Picture: Chris Lane
Stranded: Janelle Nicholls three sons (left to right) Stanley, Douglas and Gordon, outside Bardia Public School. Picture: Chris Lane

Students at Bardia Public School were left stranded on the roadside again after the Interline afternoon bus service failed to show up yesterday.

Mother of three, Janelle Nicholls, recently appear in the Advertiser and said she was livid that the 3.06pm Interline service had failed to pick up the children on three separate occasions late last year.

An Interline spokeswoman said last year’s incidents occurred when the driver left before the students arrived at the stop, however, “we have addressed this issue with our drivers and the school to prevent this happening again”.

The spokeswoman said yesterday’s incident occurred as the teacher supervising the children wasn’t waiting at the stop when the bus drove past.

However, she said the company and the school were to determined that the kids weren’t left stranded, no matter what the circumstances.

“We’ve put in measures to counteract that,” she said.

“The drivers will not leave the stop unless they have been directed to by someone at the depot.

“We are also looking at realigning another service so the children don’t have to cross the road.”

Mrs Nicholls, of Ingleburn, said she was flabbergasted by the most recent incident.

“I actually started crying – I just couldn’t believe it happened again,” she said.

“The other parents said ‘are you serious?’.

“I rang the bus company and the lady said they would wait until the driver got back (to the depot) to find out what happened.”

Mrs Nicholls said the children were left standing on the side of the road until a replacement bus arrived about 20 minutes later.

This story Bardia students stranded … again first appeared on Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser.

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