We have a statutory duty under the Education and Inspection Act 2006 to promote sustainable travel and transport. The duty applies to children and young people of compulsory school age in particular the promotion of sustainable travel and transport modes on the journey to, from, and between schools and other institutions.
There are four main elements to the duty:
An assessment of the travel and transport needs of children and young people within an authority’s area
An audit of the sustainable travel and transport infrastructure within the authority that may be used when travelling to and from, or between schools/institutions.
A strategy to develop the sustainable travel and transport infrastructure within the authority so that the travel and transport needs of children and young people are better catered for.
The promotion of sustainable travel and transport modes on the journey to, from and between schools and other institutions.
The local authority should assess children and young people’s travel and transport needs from data provided by schools and colleges contained within their school travel plans; these seek to secure benefits for both the school and the children by improving their health through active travel and reducing congestion caused by school runs, which in turn helps improve air quality with backing from Public Health, Transport Services and Children, Young People and Family Services.
The local authority audit infrastructure supporting sustainable travel and transport within the authority’s area that may be used when travelling to and from, or between schools/institutions. Mapping exercise showing how schools are served by: bus and other public transport routes (including school transport provided by the local authority); footpaths, cycle ways, roads and associated features (including crossing points and patrols, traffic calming measures, speed limits, 20 mph zones and any other arrangements made to support sustainable school transport that may be in operation.
Local authority must establish a strategy for developing that infrastructure so that it better meets the needs of children of children and young people in their area. These improvements should address a range of objectives, including environmental improvements, health benefits and enhanced child safety and security. The strategy should be a statement of the authority’s overall vision, objectives and work programme for improving accessibility to schools; parents can access this information when expressing their preferences for particular schools in the admission round for information on travel options available to them.
The council’s Sustainable Mode of Travel Strategy for Children and Young People in Kingston upon Hull will be published in the near future.