School travel - help for parents and pupils

The council has a legal duty to promote sustainable travel to and from school. We encourage schools to implement measures that promote sustainable travel. These measures are often formalised in a school travel plan 

We support schools by providing information and resources, running campaigns and incentive schemes. We also undertake highway improvements, which encourage sustainable travel modes.

Planning your journey

If you would like your child to walk or cycle to school, there are a number of tools available to help you.

Cycling

You can plan a cycle journey to school by using the Google journey planning option. Go to the Google maps site, select 'get directions' and click on the bicycle logo. You can then enter your start and end points and Google will plan your journey using the available traffic-free cycle network.

Walking

If you don’t have time to walk your children to school, perhaps there is a friend or neighbour with children at the same school and your child could walk with them. Better still, talk to your school about setting up a walking bus.

Buses

If it’s too far to walk, visit our page about buses to see if public transport could be a solution for you.

Free school transport

Finally, if you think your child may be entitled to free school transport, visit our home to school transport pages.

Help for young people with additional needs

The council has a team of specialist travel trainers who work with young people up to the age of 18 who have additional needs with an education statement (or Education, Health and Care Plan). The trainers help participants develop skills and give them the confidence to travel independently. For more information, please see our PDF file downloadTravel training leaflet (PDF, 929kb).

More advice

We recognise the concerns that many parents have about the safety of their children on the journey to and from school - visit our Road safety section.

A summary of the Better Ways to School - Sustainable Modes of Travel to School Strategy aimed specifically at parents is available to download - PDF file downloadBetter ways to school. (PDF, 124kb)

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