Below is a collated list of opinions shared with the CCA regarding the safety concerns about children at the bus interchange:-
There is high pedestrian traffic through the Interchange. The head of Transport Canberra has been quoted as saying thousands of children pass through the Interchange each day. A number of people have been appealing to the Government to install traffic lights/pedestrian crossing at the Interchange because of the traffic risk posted to pedestrians. Some bus drivers have been seen by parents to drive very aggressively in this area.
There is insufficient lighting at the Interchange for pedestrians. Only this week, a parent from Campbell witnessed two young school children crossing the road at the Interchange in very poor lighs and they held concerns for them.
Parents who work at the Interchange frequently witness many confronting events including violence, which they as adults find very confronting, let alone the prospect of children having to deal with this.
A number of parents from Campbell, especially mothers, have had very bad experiences at both Civic and other Interchanges.
In support of the above, many parents throughout Canberra have, through social and other media, expressed concerns about the safety of their children at Interchanges.
Parents in Campbell are aware, through recent articles in The Canberra Times, of the current security arrangements at the Interchange and believe they are substantially inadequate.