Transport: Schools

Transport written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Lynne Jones Lynne Jones Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he provides on school travel plans; and what resources are available from his Department for implementing the guidance.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

Guidance on the development and implementation of school travel plans was included in 'Travelling to School: a good practice guide', published by the Department for Transport in September 2003. Additional guidance is provided by school travel advisers and regional school travel advisers.

As part of the 'Travelling to School' project, the Department for Transport and Department for Education and Skills are providing £7.5 million a year joint funding to local authorities to enable them to employ a network of around 250 school travel advisers, who work with schools to help them develop and implement school travel plans. The school travel advisers are supported by regional school travel advisers.

In addition, DfES is providing up to £20 million a year for small capital grants for schools with approved school travel plans (£5,000 for a typical primary and £10,000 for a typical secondary school).

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