School bus stopping off at Mt Atkinson

Kororoit MP Luba Grigorovitch announced the new bus routes to Mt Atkinson residents earlier this month. (Supplied)

Four new school bus services will be arriving in Mt Atkinson for term one next year.

The routes will run from Mt Atkinson, as well as the Grandview and Olivia estates in Truganina, to Yarrabing Secondary College, Rockbank Primary, Brookside P-9 College and Lakeview Secondary College.

Mt Atkinson resident Pawan Kaur said it was a step in the right direction for the under-resourced community.

“We haven’t got anything so even if it is a small win we welcome it … parents are delighted,” she said.

“Where 10 people would drive their kids to the same place, now this one bus can take them.

“This will ease the pressure on the roads and give flexibility and freedom to parents.”

Ms Kaur said it will also benefit the young people in the area, including her son, who has to wait for their parents to finish work to get home.

“My son doesn’t like it because of the time he has to leave in the morning and get home in the evening, but with this new school bus he can get home at least two to three hours earlier,” she said.

However, Mt Atkinson still has no public transport options.

Ms Kaur said the lack of options is putting a strain on residents, both mentally and financially.

“It’s a lifestyle impact … you are stuck here. It’s like a prison,” she said.

“It adds extra pressure on our budget. If my son wants to come home from school and I’m not home, I have to book him an Uber.”