As you’ll probably gather from the lack of posts, I’ve been away on holiday. However I’m back today and straight back to work!
One of the things which happened while I was away was the launch of Centro’s Green Bus project at St Paul’s School for Girls in Vernon Road, Edgbaston – which was attended by my two ward colleagues, Cllr James Hutchings and Cllr Fergus Robinson.
The hi tech buses are the West Midlands version of America’s Yellow School Buses. At the start of the school year in 2009, Centro and The Green Bus launched this initiative. Two buses were introduced at St Paul’s and they have proved so popular that this year, a third has been added.
The routes are worked out according to the addresses of pupils at the school. The aim is to encourage young people to travel to school by bus, thus avoiding the need for special car journeys.
The hi tech buses can be tracked through the The Green Bus interactive website so that parents can see exactly where their child’s school bus is. And a facility is provided for parents, teachers and schools to receive instant free text messages informing them of any delays or diversions.
Each Green Bus has its own dedicated driver, and there is free on board wi-fi internet service so pupils can surf the net and communicate with their friends on the way to and from school.
I am delighted St Paul’s will now have three of these special Green Buses which will hopefully help to lower congestion around the school at the beginning and end of the school day – as well as making the journey fun for pupils.