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Havering schools awarded for promoting safe travel

PUBLISHED: 14:30 10 November 2016

Pupils from six east London schools, including Emerson Park and Engayne Primary, celebrate their awards.

Pupils from six east London schools, including Emerson Park and Engayne Primary, celebrate their awards.

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Tfl has awarded two primary schools from the borough for championing safe and sustainable travel to school for their pupils.

Engayne Primary School pupils receive their award. Engayne Primary School pupils receive their award.

Emerson Park Academy, Wych Elm Road, Hornchurch, and Engayne Primary School, in Severn Drive, Upminster, both received the awards as part of Tfl’s sustainable travel: active, responsible, safe (STARS) scheme.

Emerson Park was commended for making cycling “cool” with youth travel ambassadors running campaigns promoting safe travel whilst car use at the school has fallen to 12 per cent (pc).

Engayne Primary School were given their award for demonstrating the clear links between cycling, health and the environment to their students, with car use at the school dropping to 21pc.

Valerie Shawcross, the deputy mayor for transport, said: “These top 34 schools have shown particular innovation and should be proud of their achievements.

“I hope all involved continue to inspire families to enjoy walking, cycling and public transport, and help us reduce car dependence.”

In total 34 schools out of 1,500 across London were handed awards for reducing car use, increasing walking and cycling and using public transport, with awards given out at a ceremony at City Hall, on Monday.

“It’s great to have every London borough on-board for the first time,” said Leon Daniels, managing director of TfL surface transport.

“We are especially proud of the top performing schools for leading by example to inspire others to help make our streets healthier and safer.”

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