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3,750 Year 6 pupils at pupils at over 100 of West Yorkshire's
schools have learned about using public transport in this year's
Junior SAFEMark events organised by Metro.
Metro's education team has visited schools in all five West
Yorkshire districts to deliver the training which gives the 11
year-olds the skills and confidence to use buses and trains on
their own when they start secondary school in September.
the sessions pupils get to learn to read and use timetables, and
use tools such as Metro's yournextbus real-time texting service and
online journey planner.
Most also get a hands on safety session on a real bus, learn
about Green Transport and have the chance to get their Young
Person's Photo Card, which they need to travel on buses at half
fare from the age of 11.
Some of the kids haven't used buses before and can be a bit
nervous when they arrive so it's satisfying to take them through
the training and send them away as informed and confident little
passengers," said Mike Nolan, Metro's Education Transport
"It's also a chance for them to get a Young Person's Photo
Card which is their passport to half-price bus travel and this
summer's Metro Active offer which gives them bus travel all over
West Yorkshire for £1 throughout August," he added.
Metro organises transport to and from school for more than
40,000 West Yorkshire pupils, aged from 4 to 18, and 150 of its
purpose-built 'Mybus' yellow buses transport almost 10,000 pupils
to and from 136 of the county's schools. It introduced Junior
SAFEMark workshops to West Yorkshire in 2004 and by the end of this
year's sessions approaching 13,000 West Yorkshire pupils will have
benefited from them.
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