DRIVERS have been warned after children played the dare game 'chicken' in front of buses.

Stagecoach put out the message after youngsters ran out in front of a service 226 bus on Merrill Road, Thurnscoe, on January 11.

Those involved in the game attempt to avoid being struck, with vehicles missing by a matter of inches.

John Young, of Stagecoach, said: "One of our drivers operating reported that children had been spotted running across the road in front of buses.

"The safety of our passengers, drivers and the public is of great importance to us, so we contacted all our vehicles in the area to inform our drivers of this hazard."

Cllr Jennifer Worton said her main concern was that if the children enjoyed the game then they will want to play it again and may well bring more friends to play next time.

She said: "I'm sure that road safety is still taught at the schools in the area.

"If the police were not made aware of it by Stagecoach then I will tell them.

"I don't think children realise how fast buses go and how they take a while to stop."

A spokesman said Barnsley Council was liaising with the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and Stagecoach about the problem.

He said: "Appropriate schools will then be approached to discuss the issue and suitable road safety lessons will be offered, in particular pedestrian training.

"The team will acquire support from the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership if additional resources are required."