Thursday, January 17, 2013
Fresh calls were today made for a road serving a Mid Norfolk village to be added to the gritting run after a school bus carrying dozens of children was unable to travel down it.
The state of Summer Lane - which goes to the village of Carbrooke from Watton - was judged to be too dangerous to be used by the bus to and from Wayland Academy.
Between 30 and 50 children usually travel on the Konectbus, which goes along the Norwich Road and through the village.
But today the Dereham-based bus company was forced to abandon its usual pick-up-point on Broadmoor Road because of treacherous weather conditions.
Instead the bus picked up and dropped pupils on the main Norwich Road, at the Flying Fish Pub.
Steven Royal, Koncet’s operations manager, said the state of the village road meant it was too dangerous for a double decker bus to pass, and described it as a “skating rink”.
Suzanne Thompsett’s 13-year-old daughter is in year seven at the school, and was forced to catch the bus from the main road.
She said: “The bus normally comes at 8.05am and by 8.25 my daughter got a text from her friend who as already on the bus saying it wouldn’t pick them up in the village.”
Instead parents were forced to drive their children to school as they had missed the service, and later were unsure of the transport situation.
Mrs Thompsett said she thinks the fault is with the road, rather than the school or the bus company because believes the road should be gritted.
Debbie Muller, who is the chairman of Carbrooke Parish Council, said she and the other council members have been asking Norfolk County Council to grit Summer Lane for the past three years, but that it still hasn’t made it on to the gritter’s list.
She said the is road is used by both the Academy and Watton Primary School.
Headteacher of Wayland Academy Mike Rose said the school was made aware of the situation in the surrounding village, and had decided to have a mini bus take the pupils home if their parents were unable to collect them.
He said: “Our priority is with the children, and that they are taken home safely.”