Airth walking bus is just the job to get kids to school

Airth Primary School walking bus.
Airth Primary School walking bus.
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A school’s walking bus is not only a hit with children, passing drivers are also taking valuable safety lessons on board.

Airth Primary School has been operating the walking bus since May, and around 40 youngsters walk the route in high visibility vests every morning.

And, with many children joined by parents and grandparents, the walking bus is quite a sight in the village.

School head teacher Julia McKenna said: “It’s been really successful. With the children wearing their vests, they are very visible, and we’ve noticed drivers slow right down.

“It was a lot of work initially, but we were lucky to get sponsorship from Kia who supplied us with 50 vests for the children to wear.

“Parents and grandparents come along too, so it’s has turned into a real social occasion.”

The walking bus was set up up by the school parents’ association safety group.

The aim was to provide a safe environment for children travelling to school each day along a busy main road.

And with a driver at the front, a conductor at the back, and volunteers in the middle, the bus is fun for the pupils too,

Jim Flynn, the safety group’s chairperson, said: “We wanted to give children a safe way of getting to school as well as projecting a positive image of Airth Primary School to the local community.

“One of the benefits is that when approaching motorists see the bus, they slow right down and sometimes move away from the bus slightly, creating a safer situation.”