School bus trip four times longer
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
WHEN Clare and Eryn Jackson's maths teacher tells them the quickest way to get from one point to another is in a straight line, they may become a little confused.
The Uralba girls have just had their school bus timetable changed so their morning trip, which used to take 20 minutes, will now last about an hour-and-ahalf.
The Alstonville Primary students, who live about 5km from the school, will have to endure a morning bus trip almost all the way to Lismore before backpedalling in the right direction and dropping them off in time for class.
The changes, which will be introduced by bus company Kirklands, come into effect on Tuesday.
"It will be pretty boring," said Clare.
"I'll miss out on playing with my friends in the afternoon because the bus trip will be so long."
The girls' mother, Tamsin Jackson, is calling for the timetables to be changed back to the way they were.
"It's hard enough getting kids ready on time in the morning and now we're expected to have them at the bus stop more than an hour earlier than they're used to," she said.
"We used to live at Mallanganee and the kids didn't have to get up that early to catch the bus into Casino."
Kirklands general manager Peter Shepherd said the revised timetables would benefit the majority of travellers.
"We've seen the need for a change because in many areas of Lismore the bus run was longer than needed," he said.
"Not everyone will be happy, but we are not saying that's the end.
"We will review the concerns of those who think the changes have caused problems."
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