Wednesday is walking day at Parkhill

Pc's Lorraine King and Gordon Latto with children at Parkhill Primary School which has started a new 'Walk on Wednesday' campaign to ease congestion outside the school.
Pc's Lorraine King and Gordon Latto with children at Parkhill Primary School which has started a new 'Walk on Wednesday' campaign to ease congestion outside the school.

Parkhill pupils have launched a new travel plan encouraging youngsters, parents and teachers alike to walk to school to ease congestion.

The new ‘Walk on Wednesday’ campaign forms part of the school’s new Travel Action Plan which promotes safe routes to school.

Walk on Wednesday has been a huge success. The scheme encourages pupils to be active and educates them on road and personal safety.

PC Lorraine King

Pupils electing to walk to school on designated and approved safe routes were awarded individual dojo points which, when over a certain threshold, also count towards their respective house points.

For pupils travelling from further afield, a ‘Park and Walk‘ scheme has also been devised where parents were urged to park their vehicles in Riverside Retail park and walk in with their child.

Mr Morrison, head of the Travel Action Group, said: “The school, and especially the pupils in the Travel Action Group, were delighted with the response to the first Walk On Wednesday day.

“Most pupils in the school participated and it made a significant difference to the issues that the school usually has with congestion. It helped that it was such a lovely day and the children were able to get out and be active before school. What a positive start!”

Area Ward Officer PC Latto, who was there to help implement the scheme, added: “Mr Morrison and the Parkhill Travel Action Group have worked extremely hard to implement this worthwhile scheme. It was great to see so many pupils and parents take part with so much enthusiasm.”

His colleague PC Lorraine King said: “Walk on Wednesday has been a huge success. The scheme encourages pupils to be active and educates them on road and personal safety.”

In the coming weeks, Parkhill Primary School looks forward to unveiling a new Parent Waiting Zone for parents to congregate when attending at the school to collect their children. The main aim of this part of the project is to free up pavement space directly outside the School gates to avoid pupils having to walk onto the road way around parents waiting for their children.

Walk on Wednesday is set to run every Wednesday from now until the summer school holidays.