School Run

Transport written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Ben Chapman Ben Chapman Labour, Wirral South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has held with local education authorities on the staggering of school opening times to ease traffic congestion arising from school transport.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

The Secretary of State for Transport has not had any recent discussions with local education authorities on the staggering of school opening times to ease traffic congestion arising from school transport.

The Government believe that decisions regarding term dates and school opening times are best taken locally by those affected, and reflect the needs of parents, pupils and the local community. The school governing body decides when sessions should begin and end on each school day.

The joint Department for Transport and Department for Education and Skills Travelling to School" project works with local authorities and schools to develop travel plans. The project encourages:

schools to consider whether staggered school opening hours can allow pupils to access a wider range of school based activities; and local authorities to investigate whether they can broker staggered school opening times with groups of schools.

The project's objective is for local authorities to work with all schools to help them develop and implement school travel plans that meet local circumstances before the end of the decade.

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