Pilmuir Primary pupils get bus taster

01 Apr 2016

Pupils at Pilmuir Primary school in Forres have been taking part in on-bus sessions to teach them how to use 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 and around Forres.  They were able to ask the driver all about his experiences of driving and could observe first hand when the driver could and couldn’t see them when they were outside the vehicle.

The sessions were undertaken as part of the Urban Freedom programme, which is helping local people to improve the environment of Forres, Kinloss & Findhorn to make them more pleasant places to live, visit and spend time.  Funded by the Scottish Government and led by The Moray Council, the campaign aims to reduce traffic and congestion in addition to helping people be a bit more active.

The campaign highlights that there are good alternatives to the car for many local journeys.  With many people spending over £1,000 on fuel every year, big savings can be made by driving a bit less. 

Regular bus services link Kinloss, Findhorn and most of Forres, with Service 31 providing an hourly service, six days a week. In 2015, the Council, in partnership with Stagecoach North Scotland, provided investment for these buses to carry bicycles, giving greater opportunities to travel further by bike.  For longer journeys, up to three buses an hour connect Forres with Inverness and Elgin.

Urban Freedom’s team of travel advisors is offering advice to local people about their travel options.  They are providing households with a travel information pack which, as well as a range of useful leaflets, also contains a voucher for a half price dayrider ticket on Service 31.

Steve Walker Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "We are delighted to support the on-bus sessions at Pilmuir Primary as it is really important children are taught about the important things they should remember when using their local bus service. We will look forward to welcoming the kids on our buses in the future."

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pupils from Pilmuir Primary with Stagecoach bus

Pupils learnt about bus drivers visibility