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Kingston kids get together to raise road safety awareness

Year 6 pupils from across the borough with lollipop lady Deidre Haycock and Debra the Zebra.

Pupils from every primary and junior school in the borough got together at a conference to learn about road safety as they take on the role of travel ambassadors for their schools.

Now in its 16th year the conference, supported by Transport for London and staged by Kingston Council’s Smarter Travel team, teaches the pupils about the many aspects to road safety, particularly walking to school. Pupils are also made aware of the need to ‘be safe, be seen’ when walking to and from school on dark mornings and evenings.

Councillor David Cunningham, Kingston Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said:

“It’s very positive to see so many schools in Kingston continuing to support road safety education by appointing junior travel ambassadors every year. Some routes to school are busy so it is good to see this year’s crop of year six pupils eager to tell their friends at school about the important things they learnt at the conference.”

Pam Hall, teacher at Burlington Junior School in New Malden, was presented with a bouquet of flowers for attending all 16 conferences.

Pam said:

“I really enjoy taking my junior travel ambassadors to the annual conference. It’s a chance for them to meet children from other schools and to realise how important their role is. It has always been a very positive experience and the children go away with great ideas on how to do road safety assemblies.”

For more information on road safety for children, and if you are interested in becoming a school crossing patrol officer, see road safety for children.