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School travel plans

Improve safety and reduce car dependency for school journeys.

What is a school travel plan?

A school travel plan (STP) is a document written in partnership with the local authority. Yeading School Travel Plan That document looks to introduce a package of measures designed to improve safety and reduce car dependency for school journeys. The school is encouraged to engage with other stakeholders in the production of the STP, for example, local authority School Travel Advisors, the police and health authority and the community.

The STP looks at all those factors that effect relevant journeys to and from school and also includes health and safety concerns that may be raised through consultation with pupils, teachers, parents and local residents.

The STP will also contain proposals to make improvements and identify individuals and organisations responsible for bringing about those changes.

Aims of STP

A STP has a number of objectives designed to bring about a step change in home to school travel patterns to cut congestion and pollution and to encourage regular exercise.

  1. Reduce the number of car trips on journeys to and from schools.
  2. Remove the barriers, both perceived and actual, to walking, cycling and using public transport for school journeys.
  3. Increase the number of young people and adults choosing active and healthy travel options over that of the car.
  4. Increase understanding of the travel options available to school communities.
  5. Provide information to allow school communities to understand the benefits of active, sustainable transport and to use this information to inform how they choose to travel.

Benefits of having a STP

A STP promotes sustainable and safer transport for the whole school community. A STP can result in:

  1. Fewer cars, congestion and pollution around schools.
  2. Healthier, more active pupils, families and staff.
  3. A more accessible school with safer walking and cycling routes.
  4. Opportunities to incorporate sustainable travel and environmental issues into the curriculum.
  5. Stronger links between the school and the local community.
  6. Eligibility for gaining Healthy Schools and Eco Schools status and a Travel Plan Grant. Dfes Travel Plan Capital Grant [23kb]
  7. Improved pupil attendance and achievement.

School travel plan key initiatives

As an important part of the STP Initiative, schools are actively encouraged to include in their travel plan, a commitment to an ongoing programme of travel awareness campaigns and promotions.

The borough actively promotes:

  • Walk to School Weeks campaigns
  • Bike to School
  • Walk on Wednesdays (WOW)

School travel plan advisors

School travel plan technical support

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