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Pupils given lesson on benefits of the bus

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

JUST THE TICKET: Oaklands pupils Ben Ward, Adam Smith and Anthony Jewell Andy Styles TQAS20140429C-03_C

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YOUNGSTERS have been learning about the benefits of public transport in South Devon as part of Catch a Bus Week.

Stagecoach South West joined forces with sustainable transport group Greener Journeys and Devon County Council to promote the benefits of bus use through the week.

And as part of events the company took a bus along to Oaklands Park School, a small special needs school in Dawlish.

Melanie Anstead, from Oaklands Park School, said: "The visit was amazing as it gave those children who haven't experienced being on a bus the opportunity to familiarise themselves and give them the confidence to use a bus with appropriate support in the future."

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Throughout the week, Stagecoach highlighted the health, environmental and financial benefits of using the bus more often.

As part of the week Stagecoach have held a primary schools competition to design a poster on why it's better to catch the bus. There is also the opportunity to find one golden ticket which will be hidden underneath a seat on a bus somewhere in Devon to win a year's worth of free bus travel.

And over the May Day weekend Stagecoach's Family Explorer ticket will cost just £10.

Mike Watson, managing director of Stagecoach South West, said: "There are obvious environmental benefits of taking the bus instead of driving – but bus travel can also save people money and reduce the stress of driving and parking in busy towns and cities."

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