GALLERY: Fenland youngsters jump aboard walking to school bus

ENERGETIC youngsters began travelling to school in a new way today - on a bus with no wheels!

Pupils at Chatteris’ Kingsfield Primary School jumped aboard the ‘walking bus’ to make their journey to Burnsfield Street for lessons.

The bus, which started with around 10 passengers, will take the same route every Wednesday and will pick children up along the way.

The bus has a ‘driver’ at the front and a ‘conducter’ at the back who are specially trained parents and carers. Passengers also wear special high-visibility clothing for extra safety.

Harriet Lampert, the school’s ‘walking bus’ co-ordinator, said: “The walking bus is a great way to get the children to and from school using leg power instead of petrol.

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“This means it’s good for your children’s health and good for the environment too. For parents, the walking bus can help reduce parking problems and it means that even if you already walk with your child, you won’t have to do the school run every day.

“We hope lots of the parents and carers at our school help us make this initiative a success.”

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The school’s ‘walking bus’ has been backed by Rosemary Mullen, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Safer Routes to School Officer.

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