All aboard: Queeenstown Primary kids jumping on the Kip McGrath Red Oaks Express amidst adults, from left, Emily Cunha, Lucy Geraghty and Green Cabs driver William Cheng


Backers of a subsidised after-school mini-bus service ferrying Queenstown Primary kids to after-school activities along Frankton’s Red Oaks Drive believe it’ll only get bigger next year.

Active travel lobby group The Lightfoot Initiative launched the trial service this term to take cars off the road and limit emissions.

About six to eight pupils are hopping aboard each school day and paying a subsidised $8 a trip courtesy of after-school education provider Kip McGrath, based near Red Oaks Dr.

‘‘We did see up to 250 cars a day turning up to Red Oaks so we thought this is a great way to get some cars off the road and also to get some children who don’t have access to these activities out there,’’ Lightfoot project coordinator Emily Cunha says.

‘‘The feedback from the parents is they’re saving up to an hour a day driving into town [and taking them there].’’

Kip McGrath business and community development manager Lucy Geraghty says the sponsorship fits their mission to find sustainable solutions as a business.

Starting next term, Lightfoot hopes there’ll be demand for a bigger vehicle, while also looking to run the service from Shotover Primary.