Milton of Leys Primary School pupils get bus taster
Pupils at Milton of Leys Primary School in Inverness have been taking part in on-bus sessions to learn about using public transport in a safe and responsible way.
Stagecoach North Scotland provided a bus and driver to enable pupils to see how good a modern bus can be and learn what routes are available in their local area. They were able to ask the driver all about his experiences of driving and could observe firsthand when the driver could and couldn’t see them when they were outside the bus, helping them understand how to behave safely when near a large vehicle.
The work forms part of the HItravel programme, which is helping people living and working in Inverness and in Nairn to choose cheap and healthy ways to travel.
The HItravel team is delivering classroom workshops and on-bus sessions with primary schools across east Inverness and Nairn to outline the benefits of travelling sustainably, for them, for their families and their local communities.
The campaign highlights that there are good alternatives to the car for many local journeys. Buses can be a convenient way to travel and can be around 30% cheaper than driving. Inverness has an extensive public transport network and good connections are also available from Nairn to Inverness.
Steve Walker, Managing Director at Stagecoach North Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the HItravel programme to let the children spend time learning about how to use the bus. Using the bus with friends is can be an exciting experience for children and we look forward to welcoming them on our buses in Inverness in the near future.”
Participating schools have welcomed the HItravel team’s visits. Robert Quigley, Headteacher at Milton of Leys said: “We have been delighted to be involved with this project and the kids have thoroughly enjoyed learning about how to use public transport safely and also how easy it is to catch a bus!”
For more information about HItravel, visit www.hitrans.org.uk/hitravel
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