Hampshire County Council

New Forest Highway and Transport Advisory Panel

21 September 2004

Travel Plan Programmes (including Safer Routes to Schools)

Report of the Director of Environment

Item 10

Contact: Jon Foley, ext 7559 email: jon.foley@hants.gov.uk

1. Summary

1.1 This report provides a progress update on the workplace and school travel planning programmes for the New Forest area. It also includes an update on the Safer Routes to Schools programme for schemes within the New Forest area.

2. Workplace Travel Plan Programme

2.1 The County Council has, through its Business Travel Plan Adviser, been working with organisations since April 2001 to assist them in developing travel plans for their establishments.

2.2 There are two elements to this work. The first is to work with planning officers to ensure that appropriate guidance is given to developers of new sites (or extensions to existing sites). This secures the requirement for a travel plan within the legal planning framework. A guidance note on the production of travel plans is currently being developed in consultation with all districts to help secure good quality travel plans through the planning process.

2.3 The second area of work is to provide support to organisations developing travel plans voluntarily. This is generally done on a `reactive' basis, with the Business Travel Plan Adviser providing advice as organisations make contact with the County Council.

2.4 The County Council is at present working on travel plans with 12 organisations in the New Forest area. The current status of each organisation's travel plan is shown in Table 1 of the Appendix.

2.5 In June 2004 the Executive Member for Environment approved an allocation from the Transport Capital Programme 2004/05 for the trial of a Travel Plan Partnership Fund. Local businesses were invited to submit bids for matched funding, up to a maximum of £5,000 (and not more than 50% of the total cost of the project), for on-site sustainable transport measures. One company in the New Forest area, Gifford Consulting, successfully bid for funding of cycle parking facilities and its project will be implemented by March 2005.

3. School Travel Plan Programme

3.1 The County Council has, through its School Travel Plan Adviser, been working with schools to help develop school travel plans since April 2001, using a grant from the Department for Transport (DfT). The DfT has extended and increased this funding until March 2006. As a result the School Travel Planning team (5 staff) has now been established within the Transport Policy Group of the Environment Department.

3.2 There are to date over 200 schools throughout Hampshire which have developed, or are working on, travel plans. Schools which have completed a travel plan to the Hampshire standard are eligible to bid for Safer Routes to Schools funding, as well as a one-off grant from the Department for Education and Skills.

3.3 The School Travel Planning team is currently engaged with 21 of the 71 schools in the New Forest area, of which 6 have an endorsed travel plan. As a whole, the County Council is engaged with 202 of the 546 schools in Hampshire, of which 103 have an endorsed travel plan. Table 2 in the Appendix shows the status of the travel plan at each of the schools in the New Forest area.

4. Safer Routes to Schools Programme

4.1 The Safer Routes to Schools programme links very closely with the development of the School Travel Plan programme. One of the objectives of a School Travel Plan is to encourage as many children as possible to be active and independent by walking, cycling or using public transport to get to and from school on a regular basis. This could be through a combination of physical and other measures. If physical works are identified within the approved school travel plan then the school can bid for funding from the Safer Routes to Schools programme.

4.2 On 23 January 2004 the Executive Member for Environment agreed an indicative allocation of £1.25 million for a county-wide programme of Safer Routes to Schools schemes from the 2004/05 Capital Programme, and £1.5 million in 2005/06. This includes an allocation of £250,000 for School Crossing Patrol site improvements. These improvements are based on a risk assessment priority rather than necessarily being tied to a school travel plan.

4.3 The 2004/05 Safer Routes to Schools programme for the New Forest area includes improved crossing facilities at St Lukes School, Sway, at a total cost of £12,000. This scheme is also mentioned in the report at item 6 on the agenda. Improvements at the School Crossing Patrol site at Hordle Primary (Everton Road) are also planned.

4.4 Safer Routes to Schools schemes are also under development for 2005/06 and beyond at the following schools:

4.5 As more school travel plans are submitted and approved it is anticipated that more Safer Routes to Schools schemes will be forthcoming.

Recommendation

That Members note the progress made with the delivery of the workplace travel plans, school travel plans and Safer Routes to Schools programmes in the New Forest area.

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APPENDIX

Table 1 Travel plan status of businesses in the New Forest area

Workplace Travel Plan Level *

Number of businesses

0

Has an interest in travel and transport issues but no plan being produced

3

1

Framework travel plan produced (often Planning related). Inception meeting held or some measures implemented

6

2

Draft travel plan produced and approved by the County Council

1

3

Full travel plan submitted to and approved by the County Council. Measures being implemented and reviewed.

2

* The travel plan levels have recently been devised and are undergoing refinement

Table 2 Travel plan and Safer Routes to Schools status of schools in the

School Name

School Travel Plan Level

Safer Routes to Schools

INFANT SCHOOLS

Ashley Infant School, New Milton

No contact

Blackfield Infant School

No contact

Calmore Infant School

No contact

Copythorne C E Infant School

3

No scheme identified

Eling Infant School

No contact

Fawley Infant School

No contact

Fordingbridge Infant School

0

Foxhills Infant School, Colbury

1

Hazel Wood Infant School, Totton

No contact

Holbury Infant School

No contact

Langdown Infant School, Hythe

No contact

Lydlynch Infants School, Totton

3

No scheme identified

Lymington C E Infant School

No contact

Manor Infant School, Holbury

No contact

Marchwood C E Infant School

No contact

Netley Marsh C E Infant

3

No scheme identified

New Milton Infant School

No contact

Orchard Infant School, Dibden Purlieu

2

Pennington Infant School, Lymington

No contact

Poulner Infant School, Ringwood

No contact

Ringwood C E Infant School

No contact

St Michael and All Angels C E Infant School, Lyndhurst

No contact

Wildground Infant School, Dibden Purlieu

No contact

School Name

School Travel Plan Level

Safer Routes to Schools

JUNIOR SCHOOLS

Abbotswood Junior School, Totton

No contact

Ashley Junior School, New Milton

No contact

Bartley C E Junior School

No contact

Blackfield Junior School

No contact

Calmore Junior School

No contact

Fordingbridge Junior School

0

Foxhills Junior School, Colbury

1

Holbury Junior School

No contact

Langdown Junior School, Hythe

No contact

Lymington Junior School

0

Marchwood Junior School

No contact

New Milton Junior School

No contact

Orchard Junior School, Dibden Purlieu

No contact

Pennington Junior School, Lymington

1

Poulner Junior School, Ringwood

No contact

Ringwood Junior School

No contact

Wildground Junior School, Dibden Purlieu

No contact

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Beaulieu Village Primary School

No contact

Bransgore Primary School

0

Breamore C E Primary School

No contact

Brockenhurst C E Primary School

No contact

Burley Primary School

No contact

Hale Primary School

0

Hordle C E Primary School

No contact

School Crossing Patrol Works 2004/05

Hyde C E Primary School

No contact

Hythe Primary School

No contact

Milford-On-Sea Primary School

0

Oakfield Primary School, Totton

No contact

Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Primary School, Pennington

No contact

Sopley Primary School

No contact

South Baddesley C E Primary School

No contact

St Luke's C E Primary School, Sway

3

Scheme to be implemented 2004/05

Tiptoe Primary School

3

Scheme to be implemented 2005/06

Western Downland CE (Aided) Primary School, Rockbourne near Fordingbridge

0

William Gilpin C E Primary School, Boldre, Lymington

No contact

School Name

School Travel Plan Level

Safer Routes to Schools

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Applemore College, Dibden Purlieu

No contact

Hardley School and Sixth Form

0

Hounsdown School, Totton

3

Scheme to be implemented 2005/06

Noadswood School, Dibden Purlieu

No contact

Priestlands School, Lymington

1

Ringwood School

No contact

Testwood School, Totton

No contact

The Arnewood School, New Milton

No contact

The Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre, Fordingbridge

1

SPECIAL SCHOOLS

Forest Edge School, Totton

No contact

Oak Lodge School, Dibden Purlieu

No contact

Salterns School, Totton

1

Forest Education Centre, Dibden Purlieu

No contact

Summary of School Travel Plan Status (New Forest)

STP Level

0

1

2

3

No Contact

TOTAL

Number of Schools

8

6

1

6

50

71

Key:

0 Interest shown

1 Initial work on travel plan started

2 Draft travel plan completed

3 Final travel plan submitted and approved