Concerns over student road safety at Bardia Public School

Safety concerns: Parents and caregivers have shared concerns about the safety of the newly reopened MacDonald Road at Bardia.
Safety concerns: Parents and caregivers have shared concerns about the safety of the newly reopened MacDonald Road at Bardia.

Families of students at Bardia Public School are "frustrated" at the safety issues a newly opened road poses to their children.

Traffic on the new MacDonald Road, which links the old MacDonald Road to the busy Campbelltown Road, is a big concern for people like Phil Durbridge, who helps his daughter-in-law collect take his grandkids to and from the school.

Mr Durbridge said he witnessed a crash between two cars on the road last week and feared for his grandchildren's safety.

"I drop my daughter-in-law off to walk with the kids and drive back around because it's just not safe for them to be near the road," he said.

"Because the school entrance is not on MacDonald Road, it doesn't need to be 40kmh, which I think is wrong. This road should be 40 at school times."

Mr Durbridge said his grandkids felt "unsafe" around MacDonald Road.

"We all know kids to silly things and if the conditions around the school are not fixed soon it's going to be tool late," he said.

Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong shared Mr Durbridge's frustrations.

"The situation at Bardia Public School is yet another example of the state government's poor planning in south-west Sydney," he said.

"I truly hope it does not take a tragedy to prompt this government into action."

A Department of Education spokesman said "the safety of students is the highest priority of Bardia Public School and as such the school has been working closely with [local developers, council, the RMS and police] on traffic safety around the school".

"This includes installing a number of temporary safety measures like barriers and signage," he said.

"Further safety measures will be installed shortly."

Bardia principal Brett Moseley said there was a "very positive" meeting between relevant parties at the school on Monday afternoon.

"The school community has had a bit of a win," he said.

Traffic lights were expected to be installed on MacDonald Road in 2026, but that is expected to be significantly fast-tracked following this week's meeting.