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Hampshire's 'School Travel Plans' logoBackground

Hampshire County Council has been involved in School Travel Planning since 2001. Following a bursary from the DfT and the now DfE a team of five were brought in between 2004 and 2011 to develop travel plans for all of the schools in Hampshire. the team successfully achieved an 85% coverage of both state and private schools along with many other achievements.
The bursary ended in March 2011 and there are now two officers in the team working with schools in the Local Sustainable Transport Fund towns of Winchester, Andover, Basingstoke, Fleet, Farnborough and Aldershot, between 2011 and 2014. This work will include working with schools to implement their travel plans where they are current, review them where they are out-of-date and supporting the implementation and running of sustainable travel initiatives.

In the time ahead, the team will also be supporting acadamies where they wish to buy-in the active travel service and will be looking to set up an active travel service that can be bought-in through a Service Level Agreement service for other state schools, where they feel it will be of benefit to them. Not only will this enable schools to reduce their carbon footprint and improve the active lifestyles of their pupils, but it will also supports the objectives of Hampshire's Local Transport Plan. 

Hampshire's Local Transport Plan (LTP) 2011-2031 recognises that;

'the school run is a significant generator of traffic, and adds to congestion problems in the morning peak during term-times. Achieving greater use of sustainable travel modes for journeys to school is a significant challenge. Encouraging children and young people to walk and cycle more regularly can be encouraged through Bikeability training, competitions and other measures identified through school travel plans.

This is outlined through a number of transport priorities, including;

Policy Objective 7: Ensure that travel from home to school affordably serves changing curriculum needs, underpins sustainable schools and maximises individual opportunities for education and training;

Policy Objective 11: Reduce the need to travel...... in urban areas [through] the application of ‘Smarter Choices’ initiatives;

Policy Objective 12: Invest in sustainable transport measures, including walking and cycling infrastructure, principally in urban areas, to provide a healthy alternative to the car for local short journeys to work, local services or schools; and work with health authorities to ensure that transport policy supports local ambitions for health and well-being.