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School travel plans

Our plans to promote safer, healthier and more sustainable travel to and from schools.

Published: 15 December 2020

Last updated: 22 January 2021

Coronavirus information

Due to the current national lockdown, all road safety education and active travel provision is on hold in some education establishments.

Virtual road safety education and active travel provision may be made available (where appropriate and possible) in education establishments that are open for nursery, key worker and vulnerable children

Borough officer support is being provided for road safety advice and guidance to education establishments, residents, businesses and visitors.

For the latest advice about COVID-19, how services are affected and how the council is responding, visit our Coronavirus pages.

School travel plans

As part of a Transport for London initiative, we are working with schools across the borough to produce School Travel Plans (STPs).

An STP is a document that sets out how a school will promote safer, healthier and more sustainable travel to school.

The emphasis is on reducing the number of children being driven to and from school and encouraging walking, cycling, scooting and using public transport.

An STP identifies the travel issues facing the school and should be based on consultation with teachers, parents, pupils, governors and members of the local community.

The benefits of a STP go beyond the school gates and include: 

  • less congestion and better air quality
  • improved travel awareness and road user skills 
  • healthier and more active school community 
  • a safer environment for walking, cycling and riding a scooter 
  • improved independence and responsibility amongst students 

We encourage education establishments to create their STP via the STARS accreditation scheme.

Our Road Safety Officer is available to provide support, advice, resources and guidance where needed.

Sustainable travel

Under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 local authorities have a statutory duty to promote sustainable travel to and from school, and between schools and other institutions.

We continually assist education establishments to produce and maintain approved School Travel Plans and promote and encourage sustainable travel and transport for children and young people from the ages of 5 to 18 year olds.

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