100 schools show smart travel sense

One hundred schools in Ealing have now signed up to a scheme that promotes safer and greener transport to and from school.

School travel plans celebrated

One hundred schools in Ealing have now signed up to a scheme that promotes safer and greener transport to and from school.

This milestone was celebrated at Dormers Wells Junior School as it becomes the one hundreth school to adopt a travel plan – 89% of schools in Ealing now have a plan. The scheme promotes sustainable travel, physical activity and raises awareness about safety issues on the journey to and from school.

Pupils from Dormers Wells Junior school took part in the giant walking bus as part of the celebration.  A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults.

A school travel plan is a document produced by the whole school community. It looks at how students, staff and visitors travel to and from school. It focuses on improving safety, encourages students, parents, guardians and staff to leave the car behind and walk, cycle or use public transport.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Choosing sensible ways to travel to and from school has many benefits. There are environmental and health benefits as by choosing not to use a car, congestion is reduced around schools. Students can also get exercise by using other means of travel such as walking and cycling. I’m pleased the majority of the schools in Ealing have adopted a travel plan as it shows they are taking this issue seriously and doing everything they can to use cleaner and greener transport.”

Find more information on school travel plans.