Coalisland councillors to meet over school bus safety concerns

Cllr Linda Dillon
Cllr Linda Dillon

Torrent councillor, Linda Dillon, is to meet education chiefs about concerns relating to the safety of children using school bus services in the Killen and Annaghaboe areas.

Cllr Dillon and her Sinn Fein colleague, Cllr Joe O’Neill, have already met with residents in relation to their concerns.

She explained: “The current arrangements are extremely unsafe and pose a real danger to the young people who use the service. As both Ulsterbus and SELB buses pick up at the same point I have requested meetings with both to discuss what can be done to resolve this problem.

“When I spoke with SELB transport office they immediately agreed to get a health and safety officer to look at it and have given an undertaking to meet with me to try to find a resolution. I have also requested a meeting with the Ulsterbus manager for this district and he has agreed that he will meet with me on this issue and the issue of the children in Annaghaboe being unable to use the bus shelter provided because the bus won’t stop for them if they are not out on the Washingbay Road.”

Cllr Dillon says she hopes that with “a little bit of will and common sense”, solutions can be found to the problems.