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Permanent 'bus stops' for popular Walking Bus

Thursday 22nd September 2011

Permanent ‘bus stops’ are to be installed in Medway to mark the pick-up stops of the town’s successful Walking Bus scheme.

There are now 45 walking routes across Medway with almost 900 passengers, a far cry from the 10 passengers it started with in 2003.

Each Walking Bus route has a start and finish point and various ‘stops’ along the way, but these are only known to participants of that bus. It is hoped that the permanent bus stops will encourage more children to use the service.

Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s portfolio holder for front line services, said: “The Walking Bus in Medway is a popular and safe choice for children journeying to and from school and I hope these new permanent stops will raise awareness of the scheme and help to increase the number of children using it.”

Su Negus, the council’s principal road safety officer, added: “Local organisations are invited to sponsor a stop and support the walking bus which aims to reduce congestion, improve air quality and the road safety skills of children travelling to or from school.”

For more information contact Anna Hinde on 01634 332736.

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What, have kids walk to school. What a fab idea, it's like...... going back 40 yeas or so, nothing new in fashion as they say. Everything comes around. Again.

Perhaps we can persuade teachers to live within walking distance of the school they teach in then we wont see them close in winter due to snow on the road conditions instead of the 40 miles or so they nowadays commute.
Bob Craven, Lancs

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