Eric puts Junortoun bus stop in spotlight

Bus stop to be relocated

ERIC Francis was driving his daughter to school last week when he noticed a group of students at a bus stop near McIvor Forest Drive and Trotting Terrace in Junortoun.

"There were four senior students at the bus stop there and they were actually forced to stand down in the table drain itself that's alongside the road there," he said.

"There's virtually no place for them to stand."

Mr Francis contacted the Bendigo Advertiser to bring the issue to the public's attention.

"The actual sign for the bus stop is in fact only a foot or so from the bitumen foot of the road," he said.

"It just drops off into the table drain.

"If you were standing on the flat surface you'd be standing right next to the bitumen edge and it's pretty busy this hour of the morning and you wouldn't want to be standing too close to the edge there.

"There's no shelter or anything and there's no area for them to stand.

"It's just not on.

"I can't believe this is going on.

"Apart from the fact that at this time of year there is just as likely to be a snake or something laying down there and what happens when it's a bit damp?

"It's actually the table drain next to the road.

"You virtually need some sort of concrete slab to go over the top of the the table drain."

Mr Francis said he happened on the bus stop by chance.

"We just happened to be driving past at the right time," he said.

"The bus was just coming around the corner to pick them up as we drove out of McIvor Forest Drive.

"I just can't believe nothing has been done about it. 

Maybe the kids have never said anything to anybody."

The City of Greater Bendigo has been contacted for comment.

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