SPEAKING OUT: Experienced bus driver Mark Linney fears a road crossing near Narranga Public School is putting young students’ lives at risk.
SPEAKING OUT: Experienced bus driver Mark Linney fears a road crossing near Narranga Public School is putting young students’ lives at risk. David Barwell

Crossing puts children at risk: bus driver

"AN ACCIDENT waiting to happen" is how an experienced school bus driver describes an intersection near Narranga Public School that he believes is putting the lives of young students at risk.

While completing his bus route, Mark Linney has seen first-hand the danger of the unsupervised West High and Robin St intersection that is used by dozens of children during peak school-zone times.

Mr Linney said he'd witnessed several near-misses by motorists who had not seen the children crossing.

"There are large volumes of traffic... and children will cross - most times without adult supervision," MrLinney said.

"I fear the day a student just runs out and gets seriously hurt or killed is imminent."

Roads around the school came under scrutiny in the wake of a fatal car crash on Robin St in 2012.

Mr Linney said solutions could include creating a parent roster to monitor the intersection or implementing a supervised council-operated crossing.

The latter option has the support of Coffs Harbour councillor John Arkan, who this week tabled the issue with the council's local traffic committee.

School principal Michael Trist said he was in support of a supervised crossing or a pedestrian crossing with lights.

"From time to time there have been reports of incidents with students at West High St," Mr Trist said.

"At the moment there is a supervised crossing outside the school on Robin St - anything that's going to increase the safety of students I'd be in support of."



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