Parents concerned at school bus pick-up point

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Friday, August 31st, 2012
Parents in Kilkeel have expressed concern over a bus pick-up point for St. Marks High School students. Councillor Sean Doran said concerns have been raised regarding limited parking spaces and heavy traffic at Kilfeaghan Lane, Killowen, prompting him to request Newry and Mourne District Council to explore the issue further with the local Education and Library Board. “On wet days parents are inclined to park up until the bus arrives and this causes congestion,” the Sinn Féin representative said. “This is also a busy road with a national speed limit and traffic is heavy when these pupils are being collected. Some parents are very concerned that a serious traffic accident or even a fatality is possible at this location.” Doran added that a suggested solution was to move the pick-up point to the Whitewater amenity area which would provide off road parking and a turning for buses. He added that he is aware that consultation with parents, the school and the bus company would be required and said he has asked the council to write to the Southern Education and Library Board about the issue. “In the event that the relocation of the bus stop is not feasible, Mourne Councillors have agreed to explore the possibility of having a bus shelter erected at Kilfeaghan Lane to allow children to be dropped off regardless of the weather,” he added.
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