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Housebuilder kits out kids for walk to school scheme.

A Kidderminster primary school is tackling the problem of jams outside the school gates by introducing a "walking bus".

Instead of parents parking outside to drop off children in the mornings and afternoon, Birchen Coppice Primary School, on Woodbury Road, is organising crocodiles of children who will be picked up at official "bus stops" and walked safely to school by adults.

The school is being supported by local housebuilder Taylor Wimpey, which is supplying 60 high-vis vests for the children and guiding adults to wear, plus hooped ropes for them to hold and even walkietalkies for the adults to keep in touch with each other.

Jason Cortis, the school's community activities coordinator, said: "The children get a healthy walk and it means it reduces traffic and fuel emissions.

"We're very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their help. It means we can start with two different half-mile routes."

Elaine Taylor, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey, says: "As a local housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, so we were delighted to be able to help Birchen Coppice Primary School.

"Our own Stour Valley development is within walking distance of this school, so it is very likely that children in the homes we are building will benefit from one of the school's walking buses."

Taylor Wimpey's Stour Valley development comprises two, three and four-bedroom homes built on the former British Sugar site in Kidderminster, bordered by waterways and within easy reach of the town centre.

The development's sales and marketing suite is located off Stourport Road, Kidderminster, and open every day except Wednesdays. Alternatively call 01562 540578.

Jason Cortis and Gerald Crompton from Birchen Coppice Primary School and Taylor Wimpey sales executive Faye Willock with pupils participating in the walking bus

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 26, 2015
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