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School Transport

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the level of support from (a) Hampshire county council, (b) Southampton council and (c) Portsmouth council for securing travel plans and safe routes to schools for schools in Hampshire; and if he will make a statement. (93334)

Local authorities have been required to report on the number of school travel plans implemented and the number of schools implementing first safe routes to schools schemes as part of the local transport plan annual progress reporting process.

In addition and as part of the “Travelling to School” project, the Department receives information from the Department for Education and Skills on the number of schools with approved school travel plans in each authority area. It is the published objective of the project for all schools in England to have an approved travel plan in place by March 2010 and there is an interim milestone for 10,000 schools (approximately 40 per cent.) to have a travel plan in place by the end of March 2006. 39.7 per cent. of schools in Hampshire, 55.5 per cent. of schools in Southampton and 61.5 per cent. of schools in Portsmouth had an approved travel plan in place at that date and all three authorities are therefore on course to achieve 100 per cent. coverage by March 2010.