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Walking bus at Paignton's Kings Ash School expanding 'service'

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

WALKERS:   The walking bus at Kings Ash Primary School   Torquil MacLeod TQTM20121204C-002_C

WALKERS: The walking bus at Kings Ash Primary School Torquil MacLeod TQTM20121204C-002_C

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A 'WALKING bus' service has been run so successfully there are now plans for a second.

The service is delivered at King Ash Primary School and has been operating for two-and-a-half years.

Deputy headteacher Lin Fenner said: "Our walking bus operates every school day morning and is made up of a group of children, walking with two members of staff and two parent volunteers.

"It follows a set route beginning in Ramshill Road, stopping at agreed 'bus stops' along the route to the school.

"The walking bus provides support for families for a variety of reasons. It provides a healthy start to the day, and as they walk children learn good road sense.

"It has proved so successful that we are planning to set up another 'bus' serving a different route to school early next year."

Road safety officer Bev Hannah said: "The concept of the walking bus was invented in Australia in 1992. They encourage physical activity by teaching children the skills to walk safely, how to identify safe routes to school, and the benefits of walking.

"They also help to reduce traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools.

"We look forward to other schools contacting us to find out more about how to set up their own walking bus."

Schools interested in establishing a walking bus should call 01803 207677 or email highways@torbay.gov.uk

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