School travel plans

As part of a Transport for London initiative, Westminster City Council is working with all schools in the City to produce School Travel Plans (STPs).

STPs aim to encourage healthier, sustainable travel on the journey to and from school (walking, cycling and public transport use) and away from private car trips and the school run. They set out a number of practical steps and measures which will encourage and promote sustainable and healthy modes of transport.

STPs are online documents which are produced by schools in response to their own needs and issues, with benefits that go beyond the school gates:

  • less congestion and pollution
  • 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

A School Travel Plan is a whole school project which can be linked to the curriculum and address a range of issues around school travel, from environmental education, to health benefits, from skills and safety training and school-based activities to streetscape measures.

Schools work in partnership with the Commissioning Officer Road Safety Education at the Council who provides support, advice, resources and guidance as well as input where needed.

Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy

School based Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (SMoTS) 2014

School based Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (SMoTS) 2015

There is a statutory duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote sustainable travel to and from school, and between schools and other institutions.

Westminster 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.

If you require any further information regarding the Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (SMoTs) or School Travel Plans please call 020 7641 4095 or email schooltravelplan@westminster.gov.uk.


Last updated: 23 February 2017
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