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Local Schools encouraged to apply for free Outdoor Learning Resources

Extra trains arrive for Transport for Wales

Local schools are being encouraged to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor learning resources to allow youngsters to get hands on with nature. Applications for the Local School Nature Grants are open until the 22nd November 2019 from the charity Learning through Landscapes, which is distributing £550,000 of funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, with funds being awarded from Postcode Local Trust. As well as receiving up to £500 worth of outdoor resources of their choosing, school staff will also receive a two-hour training session on how to get the most out of the equipment. Te learning resources and the training sessions



entirely customisable;

meaning infant, primary and secondary schools can choose which items will best suit their learners and the setting that they will be delivered in. Te programme is also open to special schools and pupil referral units. Applications are being actively encouraged from schools whose pupils are aged 5+ and are passionate about making environmental improvements for the benefit of their pupils, staff and the community. For more information and to apply for funding, please visit Learning through Landscapes’ website: projects/local-school-nature-grants

TRANSPORT FOR WALES has taken delivery of the first Class 170 Turbostar from Greater Anglia. Unit 170207 pulled into the Canton depot early this month. Te three-car train has 186 seats and will shortly be joined by a further seven three car-units and four two-car units that each provide seating for 110 passengers. Te units are expected to service on the Cheltenham to Maesteg line in December 2019. Subject to route clearance, Transport for Wales are also exploring future options to run the trains on the Ebbw Vale line and Heart of Wales. Speaking about the arrival of the new fleet, Rolling Stock Director Sara Holland said that the delivery of the first Class 170 is an important milestone

for Transport for Wales: “Te Class 170s provide a more modern and reliable service with air conditioning and power sockets. Tese are comfortable trains that will significantly improve capacity and provide a high standard of on- board customer experience.” “With the support of our industry partners, our fleet colleagues are working incredibly hard to introduce new rolling stock, refurbish existing trains and carry out much needed modification works. Tis is an £800 million programme that will transform the experience for our customers and colleagues alike; the average age of the fleet will drop from 25 years to seven years by 2024 and 95% of journeys will be made on a new fleet of 148 trains by 2023.”

Cardiff & South Wales Advertiser - Friday 27th September 2019 - 15

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