Youngsters take the walking bus to school

CHILDREN from a Corby school have been boarding a walking bus to help make their journey to and from school safer.

The joint project between Woodnewton School, police and Corby Council was in response to an increasing number of concerns about inconsiderate parking, particularly around the start and end of the school day.

The safety campaign, which started last Tuesday, will be officially launched on Tuesday, May 1, when Corby mayor Gail McDade joins the bus as it leaves Pytchley Court.

Registered volunteers, with the assistance of sixth form students from Lodge Park Technology College, accompany children who have joined the walking bus.

And while they walk to school officers will continue to patrol the roads and take action to deal with parking offences.

PCSO Steve Coles, who organised the event said: “We have been aware of the concerns over inappropriate parking outside the school, which is putting the safety of the pupils, parents and staff at risk. The walking bus is a fun and enjoyable way of getting the children to school and encouraging parents to park further away.

“We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of the children attending the school and the success of this project could see a walking bus taking children to other schools in the area.”

For more information visit www.northants.police.uk/sct or email CorbyTown@northants.police.uk.