SUSTAINABLE MODES OF TRAVEL STRATEGY

Tackling congestion on the school run has long been a high priority for the county council and is one of our main policies in the Local Transport Plan 4. Since 2001 we have completed a number schemes designed to widen travel choices that have helped to tackle congestion across Buckinghamshire.

We have had significant success in achieving change in travel patterns. The level of car use in engaged Buckinghamshire schools has remained at 30% for the last five years in the schools that have travel plans, which compares to 34% nationally.  Given the semi-rural nature of the county, this is an excellent result.

The Getting to School Strategy is fulfilling our duty to produce a Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy as outlined in the Education and Inspections act 2006.  It is an accompanying document to the Council’s Local Transport Plan 4. This strategy is designed to set out how we will promote the use of sustainable modes of travel to schools, colleges and other education centres.  It includes the transport needs of students aged 16+, and pupils with Special Education Needs or Disabilities.

Sustainable travel means forms of transport that reduce congestion and improve health.  This includes buses, trains, walking and cycling. Within this strategy, we discuss our current activities and initiatives, followed by the challenges we face.  Finally, it sets out actions and objectives for encouraging sustainable education travel and how we will work (and support others) to meet our targets.

This document has multiple purposes:

  • Meeting our statutory duty to maintain a SMoTS (as outlined in the Education and Inspections Act 2006) which should:
    • Promote the use of sustainable modes of travel to meet the school travel needs of Buckinghamshire.
    • Assess our school travel needs
    • Assess our facilities and services for sustainable modes of travel to, from and within Buckinghamshire
  • Reducing congestion around schools and education establishments
  • Outlining how schools can increase sustainable travel
  • Informing parents/carers about the benefits of sustainable travel
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of young people

A Parents’ Guide has been produced to support the main document in order to inform parents of the main information that they need to know and should find most useful. It is intended that this summary document will provide information to help allow parents/guardians make more informed decisions on how they transport their children to school.