Thousands of young pupils marched for road  safety from the gates of their primary schools in  Cheshire West as part of a national Giant Walking  Bus.

The record-breaking walking bus campaign was  organised by road safety charity Brake to raise  awareness of the dangers of traffic, promote  walking, and raise funds to provide care for crash  victims.

Children wearing high visibility vests marched in  procession around their local areas, carrying  banners challenging everyone to change the way  they travel to school and to say ‘no’ to driving fast on  local roads.

Pupils at St Werburgh's and St Columba's Primary School with their traffic message
Pupils at St Werburgh's and St Columba's Primary School with their traffic message

The campaign is also trying to encourage more  parents and children to walk to school each day  rather then use their cars.

Cllr Lynn Riley, executive member for localities,  said: “The majority of children today are driven to  school, which has long term implications to both  personal health and the environment as well as  adding to traffic congestion on the school run and  outside the school gates. Walking is healthier for  everyone and a safer alternative to using the car  around our busy schools.

“This is a wonderful event that shows there are  alternatives to the car. We should all be encouraged  to see so many schools wanting to step up to the  challenge to beat the current record and to raise  funds for a charity that does so much to promote  road safety and help those who have been involved  in an accident.”

The event was supported by Cheshire West and  Chester Council road safety officers and Cheshire  Constabulary PCSOs who visited schools taking part  and walked alongside the children in support of the  work of Brake and to help beat the record for the  biggest Giant Walking Bus.

Schools taking part included: Hoole Primary, St  Werburgh’s and St Columba’s Catholic Primary and  Chester Blue Coat Primary, with more than 1,000  children, staff and families taking part in the events.