The Big Bus Adventure

Wheldon Infant School and Nursery

Local bus company Arriva Yorkshire arranged for the children at Wheldon Infant School to have a big bus adventure on one of its hybrid double decker buses.

The trip was organised to help the children understand more about what goes on with buses ‘behind the scenes’. The day included a guided tour of the brand new Castleford bus station, and a trip to the local Arriva Depot where the children saw the giant bus wash in action.  

Mrs Lake, headteacher at Wheldon Infant School and Nursery said: “We thank Arriva and Metro for giving the children a wonderful afternoon visiting the new Castleford Bus Station. They really enjoyed the excitement of travelling with their friends on the new electric bus and found the guided tour of the bus station really interesting.”

Liam Needham, Castleford Bus Station Manager said:  “Castleford’s £6m modern spacious high quality bus station, managed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Wakefield Council, is an impressive gateway to the town centre.

“Giving a tour of the bus station provides a fun way for the children to learn about the public transport network, and also to gain a sense of community and their relationship within it, after all they are the passengers of the future.

“The children really enjoyed the tour and a great time was had by all and rest assured when asked at the end of the visit who wanted to be a Bus Station Manager when they grew up, all hands were up!”

Nigel Featham, regional managing director for Arriva Yorkshire, said:  “We’re so pleased the children enjoyed their day out, and we’re really glad they got to experience travelling by bus. Buses form a key part of the community, and it is fantastic to see so many children eager to learn more about them.”