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Monday, 26 April 2010

Transport matters in Carshalton

A number of important safety tips for schoolchildren travelling to and from school by bus have come out of a study by pupils at St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls, Carshalton.

The girls, who are members of their School Council, a body which supports pupils’ interests, conducted their research as part of the citizenship element of the national curriculum. Over the last few weeks, the girls aged 13 to 18 have been carrying out research by talking to bus drivers, elderly passengers and police officers from Sutton’s Safer Transport Team.

They wanted to learn particularly about the impact of children using buses at the end of a school day when many pupils from the same school are likely to catch the same bus home. They found that police and bus drivers want pupils to:

o use the top deck of buses to avoid crowding the lower deck. This would help prevent elderly passengers from feeling hemmed in by noisy and boisterous pupils. It would also enable more children to get on the bus and improve the driver’s view and bus safety
o travel on the bus behind the driver’s cab – marked by a yellow hazard line on the floor. This would reduce the chance of the driver being distracted and help the driver to have an unobstructed view across the entrance platform to the kerb
o have the confidence to report incidents of criminal or anti-social activity to the driver immediately.

It is the role of Sutton’s Safer Transport Team, which consists of an inspector, three sergeants, six PCs and 18 PCSOs, to provide reassurance to passengers and to keep them safe by travelling on buses and patrolling bus stops.
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