‘Ensure school routes are gritted’ - McGarvey

The coach carrying school children which crashed on black ice on the Knockadoo Road yesterday morning. INMM4912-210-ar
The coach carrying school children which crashed on black ice on the Knockadoo Road yesterday morning. INMM4912-210-ar
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ROADS Service are being told to ensure all routes to schools are gritted following a serious bus crash in Lissan.

SDLP Councillor James McGarvey said the routes must be a priority during school time over the winter months.

“This latest incident of a school bus sliding off the road is a reminder of how treacherous our rural roads can be in winter weather,” said the Cookstown councillor.

“However, there was adequate warning that there would be freezing conditions with the associated risk of ice on the roads.

“In these circumstances Roads Service should have ensured that all school routes were safe and fully gritted where appropriate.”

“I am calling on the Roads Minister to put in place measures which will prevent this situation occurring again in the future.”

Councillor McGarvey added: “Children travelling to school during winter months should not be put at risk for the sake of any budget considerations.”

“When we know in advance that our roads are at risk of being dangerously icy then Roads Service have an obligation to ensure the safety of all road users.”