Walking to school campaign

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HARTLEPOOL is taking part in a multi-million-pound project to encourage more families to walk to school.

The town’s council has joined forces with 10 other local authorities and the Living Streets charity for the £4.76m scheme, financed by the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

The initiative, led by Durham County Council, will deliver walking promotion initiatives in and around schools over the next three years.

As a result of its involvement, Hartlepool’s council will work with eight primary schools on WoW (Walk Once a Week) schemes and two secondary schools each year.

The authority will also recruit a member of staff, employed by Living Streets, who will work within the Road Safety Team and assist with the delivery of walking schemes that complement existing programmes.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure money from the LSTF in partnership with other local authorities and Living Streets.

“The number of cars used on the school run is a problem in some areas of the town, and I am confident that this initiative will help to reduce congestion and improve safety outside schools, whilst also helping to promote a healthier lifestyle.”

Robert Snowball, the council’s sustainable travel officer, said: “As the appointment of the additional member of staff will be through Living Streets, there will be no cost to the Council but we will get all the benefits of an extra pair of hands.”