Slow down to save our lives ...

The walking bus at St James Primary at Tyrer Avenue, Worsley Mesnes, with pupils highlighting the danger of speeding near schools
The walking bus at St James Primary at Tyrer Avenue, Worsley Mesnes, with pupils highlighting the danger of speeding near schools

HUNDREDS of pupils from schools across Wigan borough took part in a world record attempt on creaing the biggest ever “walking bus.”

More than 200 children from St Marie’s RC Primary in Standish and a further 140 from St James’s CE Primary in Worsley Mesnes were among those taking part in the child road safety event.

Like thousands of others across the country, they were marching from their school gates to call for safer roads for children.

They appealed to local drivers to slow down to 20mph or below in built-up areas to protect children on foot.

The children took part in the Giant Walking Bus, co-ordinated by road safety charity Brake and sponsored by fuel brand Jet.

The event aims to raise awareness of the number of children killed and hurt on roads, help schools to teach children about road safety and appeal to drivers to slow down.

Some 1,425 children are hurt or killed each year while on foot on North West roads. As well as calling on drivers to help protect children by driving at 20mph or below in communities, Brake is calling for 20mph limits in built-up areas.