Newcastle’s western suburbs are set to get new school bus routes later this month, with the hopes to reduce congestion and get kids to and from school more safely.

Families in Wallsend, Maryland, Minmi and Fletcher are likely to be covered by the improved routes.

Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery says she’s excited for the plans to get the tick from the Transport Minister.

“We have had reported various accidents over the last few years, near misses to students, which has really worried children and their parents,” Ms Hornery said.

“We’re hoping to prevent that in the future and I know that the bus companies were really anxious to improve their services as well.”

It’s hoped the routes will see schoolkids crossing fewer busy roads and less parents on the road.

“We’re looking forward to a safer and more efficient bus route for our students to get to school,” Ms Hornery said.

Timetables for the new routes are available online ahead of their launch on Tuesday 15 June.

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