School’s walking bus proves popular
Flintshire County Council’s Road Safety Unit has been helping pupils at
Queensferry CP School to get to school safely.
In an effort to ease traffic congestion and improve road safety, the Unit has
helped the school to set up a ‘Walking Bus’, which provides a regular way for
young children to enjoy walking to school.
Mrs Cathryn Lloyd, Headteacher of Queensferry CP School said:
The Walking Bus is a great success. Miss Emma Westwood and Mrs Louise Salmon
have been operating it since October 2014 along with parent volunteer Ms Anita
White. The number of children has slowly risen as it is a fun, active way for
children to travel to school and supports parents/carers. We have also noticed
an improvement in our attendance figures with the children arriving at school
ready to learn at the start of the day.”
Councillor Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education, who joined the children
on the Walking Bus said:
”It was wonderful to be a part of the Walking Bus and to see first-hand the
benefits it brings to school children. It is an ideal alternative to the school
run in the car and it fits perfectly with our aim to reduce road traffic,
congestion and provide safe walking routes. It also provides the children with
suitable exercise which is important for ensuring healthy lives. I would
encourage all schools to have one.
Councillor Bernie Attridge, Cabinet Member for Environment and Deputy Leader of
Flintshire County Council, said:
“At Flintshire we think the Walking Bus deserves our support because it is so
beneficial in so many ways; not only does it take pressure off parents in the
morning, but it also provides children with a healthy, educational and
environmentally sound way of getting to school each day.”
About the walking school bus
The co-ordinator will ensure that on each bus there will be a minimum of two
adult helpers, one at the front (the ‘driver’) and one at the rear (the
conductor). Plus there will be one helper for every five children, who walk
along an agreed route, collecting all children waiting at designated ‘bus
stops’ and walking them to school. After school, they walk back along the same
The Road Safety Unit is promoting and encouraging all primary schools to
consider arranging a Walking Bus within their school. Please contact
Flintshire Road Safety Unit on 01352 704529 if you are interested.
Pictured using the Walking Bus are school pupils and their helpers from
Queensferry County Primary School, along with Councillor Chris Bithell.