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'School run' problems discussed
Traffic congestion
Congestion caused by the school run is being debated
Road accidents and traffic congestion resulting from the daily "school run" are among issues being highlighted at a seminar in County Antrim.

Teachers and transport experts are discussing ways of solving the problem of school transportation at the conference, Safer Roads and Healthier Lives, in Larne on Friday.

Environmental and health issues are also being addressed at the seminar, which has been organised by the Institution of Highways and Transportation along with Larne Borough Council.

Delegates will hear about healthier alternatives to children simply being chauffeur-driven to school.

This more sedentary lifestyle is a change from 30 years ago when people are estimated to have walked an average of 50 miles each week.

Government plans published last September suggested that school timetables could be staggered to ease congestion during peak hours.

The plans were aimed at reducing the numbeer of cars on school runs and encouraging more children to walk or cycle to school by making the roads safer.

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