Stick-in-the-mud pupils bogged down on path
PUPILS at an Airdrie secondary were left stuck in the mud after rain and renovation work turned their route to school into a quagmire.
Youngsters making their way from Clarkston to Caldervale High through Katherine Park fell foul of muddy conditions on the footpath taking them past the railway bridge works.
Margaret Miller was stunned to find that daughter, Danni Stark, was already soaked on arrival at the Towers Road school.
The second-year pupil and her friends also had to wade through mud for a second time on the way home during almost a fortnight of constant rain.
Margaret, of McAllister Avenue, said: “The footpath is really muddy when it rains and it’s even been flooded, in which case the kids are sent round the ash park which isn’t particularly nice either.
“It’s been terrible – one girl lost a shoe in the mud and a mum even had to throw her son’s shoes away after he fell in it completely.
“The mud is like clay and one day I even thought Danni had worn brown shoes to school, only to find they were black and just completely caked.
“During the worst of the rain, they were sitting in school absolutely soaked but there was no point in coming home to get changed as they’d only have to go back again.
“This affects all the children in Clarkston and those from Plains who get off buses in this area and also have to walk through the park.
“It’s a problem to take them to school in the car because Petersburn Road is so busy and there’s going to be a smash there soon; now some parents are even paying out for taxis instead.
“Fortunately, the past few days haven’t been so bad because the weather has dried up, but Friday was the first day that they weren’t too dirty when they arrived home.
“Myself and some of the other parents finally got in touch with Network Rail, and now they’ve said they’re going to clean the path and jet wash it when necessary before and after school.”
The work at Katherine Park and nearby roadworks on Towers Road are part of operations on the Airdrie to Bathgate railway, which will reopen at the end of next year.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “The extreme weather conditions last week caused issues with drainage around Katherine Park.
“We have installed additional drainage to help remove excess water in future and the area is being monitored on a daily basis, with any mud from our works being cleared as soon the problem arises.”