Walking bus eases traffic around Sandy Lane PrimaryBy Victoria Smith
June 11, 2012
Children at Sandy Lane Primary School put their best feet forward and hopped on a new walking bus.
The bus allows parents and carers to park away from the congested school gate area in Sandy Lane so children can walk the last leg of their journey.
The launch of the bus, which is being run by volunteers to and from Braybrooke Park car park, follows the success of the school’s original walking bus, which has been running from Albert Road car park for two years.
Headteacher Liz Norris said: “We have supported the walking bus from the outset by providing staff to run it. So it’s now really gratifying that, due to demand, parents have volunteered to help us run two buses every day.
“The children really enjoy it and we hope even more of them will use it now. It makes a positive impact on traffic issues around the school which everyone welcomes – parents and local residents.”
Councillor Mary Ballin, executive member for planning and transport, who presented a birthday cake to celebrate the Albert Road car park bus’s second anniversary, said: “This is a great example of a school and its parents working together to solve a local problem.”
Meadow Vale Primary and the Holly Spring schools are also looking for parent volunteers to help set up walking buses.