It is obvious that this problem needs to be addressed. It not right that young children of up to Middle School age should be made to walk the final stretch to school when there is a bus stop round the corner.
The GSLP/Liberals have received complaints from members of the public that the number three bus does not stop to drop off or collect pupils outside St Joseph’s School. This is logically a matter of concern to many parents whose children attend that school.
In fact, yesterday morning when the bus arrived at the stop opposite Schomberg, an official from the Gibraltar Bus Company (not the driver) informed the children that they had to get off the bus at that stop. When a member of the public asked why the children could not get out at the next stop, which is nearer to the school, the person was told that the bus would not stop there during school hours because of the traffic chaos in the area at that time.
The person was also informed that the same applied when St Joseph’s First and St Joseph’s Middle Schools closed for the day at 3.15pm and 3.30pm. At those times, the bus would still not go around the area and any child who wanting to make use of that route had to go down to a different bus stop near Vineyards. In this instance, a conscientious adult guided the children out of the bus outside Schomberg and down South Barracks Ramp where there is no pavement and considerable school-bound traffic at that time in the morning.
It is obvious that this problem needs to be addressed. It not right that young children of up to Middle School age should be made to walk the final stretch to school when there is a bus stop round the corner. The GSLP/Liberals consider that the matter should be looked into urgently.