Walking and cycling are not always viable options for the school journey. For many of us there may be another alternative to using the car for these usually short journeys to and from school, and that is by public transport1. Using the bus should also be seen as a positive sustainable choice of travel:
The public transport network in Hampshire is extensive and incorporates bus, rail and ferry services. However parents/guardians and students need to know what services are available – you can use school open days, parents’ evenings and the period before students start at a new school to tell people about the services that are available. The Passenger Transport Group at Hampshire County Council has a wide range of publications available.
Your school may already have a number of students, or staff that come to and from school by bus. Your travel survey should help to identify if there are any particular issues that are preventing even more of them to use public transport for their journey to and from school. It would be helpful to carry out an audit of the local bus stops and service availability at the same time you undertake your travel survey. Some of the issues that may be raised include:
While you may not be able to resolve all of these issues, liaison with the County Council and the local bus operator may mean that some of these issues can be tackled and should be included within your Action Plan.
Further information on these and other initiatives can be found in Identifying solutions and developing solutions.
1 Increasing Bus Use for Journeys to School A Guide to Best Practice within Existing Legislation February 2001 Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions: London