All aboard for Merton’s students

The Thameslink Rutlish Merton Transport Exhibition 2001

Merton students learnt how to use public transport responsibly at the Thameslink Rutlish Merton Transport Exhibition 2001 on 6 November at Rutlish School in Morden. The event was organised as a partnership project between Thameslink Rail, Rutlish School and Merton Council.

At the exhibition organisations promoted the responsible use of public or environmentally friendly transport as a first choice for travelling to and from school. One theme of the exhibition was that the current use of the private car for the school run not only causes congestion around the area approaching schools but also contributes heavily to the pollution near schools.

Students from Merton schools visited stands from Thameslink, Merton Council, British Transport Police and London Ambulance Service among others. Also on show were other environmentally acceptable forms of transport including walking and cycling. Students performed plays throughout the day and a workbook competition was completed and will be judged with prizes awarded.

Councillor Russell Makin Cabinet Member for Physical Environment said: “The event is a fun way to promote responsible use of public transport to the younger members of the community. The choices young people make on how they travel has a significant effect today on both transport planning and the environment and will help show the way for future generations”.