Corby school takes steps to end traffic problems

The walking bus for Woodnewton- A Learning Community in action last year
The walking bus for Woodnewton- A Learning Community in action last year

A Corby school is tackling the problem of traffic congestion with its successful walking bus scheme.

Woodnewton a Learning Community, a primary school and children’s centre, launched the scheme a year ago and now has up to 40 pupils taking part. Julia Kitson, the school’s vice-principal, said: “The aim of the scheme is to encourage more families to walk to school and to reduce the parking congestion at the beginning and end of the school day.

“While we have not totally alleviated the congestion, we have reduced the numbers of cars.”

The school is holding a Walk to School Week, starting on May 20, when pupils will be asked to design a walking bus poster.

Children will record who walks to school during the week and they will be given a badge. The walking bus meets every morning outside Pytchley Court shops, off Fotheringhay Road and, at the end of the school day, pupils walk back to the shops.

The scheme was launched with the help of PSCO Steve Coles who continues to support the walking bus.