NEW measures are being urged to address serious concerns about the safety of post-primary schoolchildren in Plumbridge at the peak morning and evening periods.
The worries centre around what local independent councillor, Patsy Kelly, says is the lack of proper crossing points for the students coming from schools in Omagh.
He has warned that the issue is “an accident waiting to happen” and was due to raise the matter at a meeting with Transport NI last Wednesday.
“We need safety measures to ensure that the children can cross the road safely because the way things are now, is dangerous and an accident waiting to happen,” he said.
“There is a lot of traffic in Plumbridge when the students are leaving for schools in Omagh in the morning and then returning in the afternoon.
“They are having to cross the road in front of vehicles because there’s no safety measures in place.
“The whole situation is unacceptable and I am calling on the Education Authority and Translink to come together to provide a solution.
“There is already a bus stop on the Gortin Road, so there is no reason why this couldn’t be used for the buses to park while collecting the students or letting them off again.”
Cllr Kelly and members of the local community were also due to raise concerns over the failure to carry out urgent remedial work on the bridge heading into the village. They are concerned that it is ‘liable to collapse’ and say a survey of its condition which was carried out two years ago has not been acted upon.
In a statement, the Education Authority said they would be working with the ‘relevant agencies’ with a view to seeking a solution to the traffic congestion and concerns in Plumbridge.
“While the primary responsibility for ensuring the safety of children on their journeys to and from school rests with parents, the Authority is fully committed to providing a safe service to pupils eligible for transport in the Plumbridge area,” they added.