Cooksbridge school children learn lesson in railway safety

Hamsey school kids learn rail safety, Cooksbridge Station
Hamsey school kids learn rail safety, Cooksbridge Station

The Cooksbridge Station Partnership has transformed the environment at Cooksbridge Station and is now campaigning for improvements to the train service provided by Southern.

With a thriving primary school in the village, rail safety is of paramount importance, both at the station and at the level crossing in the centre of Cooksbridge.

Sussex Community Rail Partnership, in partnership with East Sussex County Council, offers rail travel training to primary school children in relevant areas. Community Rail Development Manager Sam Bryant worked with 20 children in Years 5 and 6 at Hamsey Community Primary School to teach them about rail safety.

On the first day there was a safety training session at the school. A few days later there was a trip on the railway, kindly funded by Southern, which allowed the children to put into practice what had been learned.

Mr Bryant found that like most children, the pupils at Hamsey knew a little about train travel and train safety but believes that some formal training, delivered in a real world, goes a long way.

He said: “They were great, very interested and engaged in the sessions. Sussex Community Rail Partnership feels that engaging with schools is fundamental to ensuring more people travel in a sustainable way in the future and that children from railway villages gain a sense of ownership in their local railway, whilst learning to stay safe”.