29 July 2010>
Caerphilly county borough's longest walking bus belongs to Ysgol-y-Lawnt in Rhymney – with a staggering 186 walkers on board!
As part of national Walk to School Week recently, hundreds of children from primary schools across Caerphilly county borough took part in a special 'Walking Bus' competition.
Ysgol-y-Lawnt in Rhymney were crowned the winners of the competition after 186 pupils, teachers, parents and support staff made theirs the longest walking bus in Caerphilly county borough and probably one of the longest in the whole of Wales.
Officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team and even the local vicar came along and took part in the 20-minute walk to school.
Cllr Rob Gough, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Planning presented Ysgol-y-Lawnt with a beautiful glass trophy as their prize for winning the competition.
He said, "I am delighted that so many young people have signed up to walk to school across Caerphilly county borough. Not only do walking buses help promote road safety and reduce congestion, they also help tackle pollution and help promote a healthier lifestyle for our young people."
He continued, "A special congratulations must of course go to Ysgol-y-Lawnt in Rhymney for achieving the county borough's longest walking bus."
Schools across the county borough hope to build upon this success in time for October, which is International Walk to School Month.
For further information on Walking Buses or School Travel Plans, please contact Susan Davies, School Travel Plans Co-ordinator on 01495 235 402.
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