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School travel - help for parents and pupils

We encourage schools to implement measures that promote sustainable travel to and from school. 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.


You can plan a cycle journey to school by using the Google journey planning option. Go to Google maps, 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.

For information on Bikeability cycle training courses, please visit our cycling safety training page.


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 (a group of children walking to school, supervised by at least 2 adults).


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

If you think your child may be entitled to free school transport, visit our 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.

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