School Travel Plans

A School Travel Plan (STP) is a document or statement which sets out a programme of measures or initiatives for reducing the number of vehicle journeys made by children, parents and staff to and from school, thereby improving personal safety on the school-run.

What is a School Travel Plan?

All schools are being encouraged to develop and implement school travel plans, which aims to:

  • Reduce traffic congestion around schools.
  • Increase personal safety of pupils and parents on the way to and from school.
  • Offer children and parents an alternative choice of travel mode.
  • Reduce the risk of being injured in a crash.
  • Improve health and fitness.
  • Meet school pupils needs by identifying problems they face on the school journey.
  • Develop pupil independence and self-esteem.
  • Reduce the vicious circle of school travel (i.e. Parents fear danger from traffic – parents drive children/pupils to school – traffic increases – parents fear danger from traffic).

Developing a School Travel Plan

Developing an STP need not be a complex or lengthy process, as the plan content will vary according to the specific needs of individual schools. Ideally the STP should be a living document, i.e. one that will be subject to change and improvement.

A typical plan could include the following headings:

  • Introduction — What is an STP and why is it required for you school.
  • Brief description of school — This will include the number of pupils, where the school is located, catchment area and any relevant factors that may be effecting school travel.
  • Evidence of consultation — This will involve school travel surveys and or questionnaires.
  • Proposed initiatives with objectives and targets — These could include traffic calming measures, safer crossing facilities, cycle paths and other remedial measures etc.
  • Programme for implementation — When will steps be taken by the school and what needs to be undertaken by the local authority.
  • Plans for monitoring and review — How will the changes be monitored and reported.

Cardiff schools can obtain a free copy of School Travel Strategies and Plans and How to Develop a School Travel Plan (a 7 point step by step guide to producing a STP), by contacting us at the Road Safety Centre, Tel. 029 2078 8521 or contact Sustrans, 35 King Street, Bristol BS1 4DZ Tel: 0117 926 8893.

Copies of School Travel Strategies and Plans (a best practice guide for local authorities) can be obtained from: DfT Free Literature, PO Box 236, Wetherby LS23 7NB Tel: 0870 1226236.

Copies of A Safer Journey to School (a guide to school travel plans for parents, teachers and governors) can be obtained from DfT Publications, PO Box 5050, Annesley, Nottingham NG15 0DJ Tel: 0845 602 2260.

Additional information about school travel plans can be obtained by contacting the Safer Routes to School Officer at the Road Safety Centre Tel: 029 2078 8524.

Related links

  • Campaign for Better Transport – Safer Routes to School Guide
    How to make it easier for kids to walk and cycle to schools Around the country many parents are working with schools and local authorities to make it easier for children to walk and cycle to school.
  • RoSPA
    Road safety resources for teachers and parents together with information for older children. Also a very useful download facility for drivers. Click Road Safety on their webpage to access information.