The school shoes of children in Stallingborough are most certainly made for walking!
Just a couple of weeks in and a new ‘Walking Bus’ project launched by the village’s primary school is a real success – with more young pupils joining all the time.
Support from North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partners ENGIE saw the launch of the new ‘bus’, which sets off from the village’s Green Man pub car park every morning at 8.45am sharp. With official supervision and hi-visibility vests for all, a register is taken before the children, walking two-by-two, stride up the street to school, in time for the bell.
Parents, children and the teaching staff all love the idea – with the pub car park providing a safe place for drop-offs, off the busy Station Road.
“It is only a few minutes’ walk to and from the school, but the fresh air is great, and what we have found is how good it is socially with the children chatting to each other,” said teaching assistant Mrs Jenny Field.
The need for a safe passage to and from the school was raised during conversations ahead of the major roundabout installation project on the nearby A1173, which will likely see more traffic passing. As reported, the A1173 work is necessary for access to a new Stallingborough Business Park, which is part of the £42m funded South Humber Industrial Investment Programme, (SHIIP), and will transform industrial and business opportunities across North East Lincolnshire.
ENGIE’s Educational and Residential Planning Officer Eve Jenkins and Road Safety Education Officer David Callum met with the school and agreed to provide the high-visibility vests as well as check relevant insurances, assist with the risk assessments and present two days of road safety talks.
North East Lincolnshire Council agreed to help meet the costs using monies from a Department of Transport Access Fund.
Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, Cllr Stewart Swinburn, said: “As a council we will always look to support projects that encourage walking and promote road safety in this way. It is great to see this success story.”