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Is that the 179 or the W12? No it’s South Woodford children forming a walking bus

PUBLISHED: 12:02 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 28 September 2018

Pupils learnt about road safety in South Woodford. Picture: TfL

Pupils learnt about road safety in South Woodford. Picture: TfL

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Each year around 70 people are killed or seriously injured on Redbridge’s roads.

To raise awareness about traffic dangers Transport for London (TfL) partnered with a South Woodford school for a safety initiative at Charlie Brown’s Roundabout .

To mark European Day Without A Road Death on Wednesday, September 19, around 60 children from Oakdale Junior School, Oakdale Road, took part in a walking bus event, which is where a group of youngsters walk to school along a set route, with one or more adults.

A walking bus can be as informal as two families taking turns walking their children to school, or a more formal set-up with a structured route, meeting points, a timetable and a regularly rotated schedule of trained volunteers.

Alex Williams, director of city planning at TfL, said: “It’s great to see Oakdale Junior School encouraging children to walk and educating them about road safety.

“We’re working hard towards our Vision Zero plan to reduce road danger as we believe no death or serious injury on London’s roads is acceptable or inevitable.

“That is why TfL is supporting European Day Without A Road Death and pledging to take care on the roads. Not just today but always, as together we work to eradicate death and serious injuries on our roads.”

TfL began works to improve Charlie Brown’s Roundabout earlier this year, with changes designed to make the area safer for people walking and cycling.

Five new signal crossings will be installed for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as measures including wider central islands designed to slow down vehicles approaching the roundabout, and make the area feel less intimidating.

The work will also widen the footways around the roundabout to give more space for people walking and cycling.

Cllr John Howard, cabinet member for civic pride, said: “It’s important that everyone learns about road safety, especially the children at Oakdale Junior School who often use one of the borough’s busiest junctions.

“I am pleased that TfL have organised this event for them to do so and I eagerly await the completion of TfL’s improved safety measures to the area.

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