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Schools: Transport

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils below the age of eight years use school-provided transport, broken down by county. (210201)

The available information held centrally relates to mode of travel to school, and does not separately identify school-provided transport.

The Department does not hold complete data relating to mode of travel to school. Provision of this information is only compulsory for those schools with an approved travel plan. The scope of collection includes: maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools, city technology colleges, academies and special schools.

In the spring 2007 School Census, mode of travel data were supplied for almost 70 per cent. of pupils. The available national level information relating to pupils aged less than eight is provided in the table. An analysis at county level could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

Updated information relating to spring 2008 is expected to be available by the end of June 2008.

Nursery, primary, secondary and special schools1: number of pupils aged less than eight by mode of travel2, 3, As at January 2007, England

Pupils aged less than 82

Number

Percentage

Walk

1,012,590

40.6

Cycle

16,160

0.6

Car/van

654,230

26.2

Car share

50,880

2.0

Public service bus

22,370

0.9

Dedicated school bus

26,310

1.1

Bus (type not known)

8,040

0.3

Taxi

12,060

0.5

Train

640

0.0

London underground

300

0.0

Metro/tram/light rail

320

0.0

Boarding pupil—not applicable

30

0.0

Other

7,840

0.3

Mode of travel—not collected

683,640

27.4

Total

2,495,390

100.0

1 Includes middle schools as deemed. Includes city technology colleges, academies, maintained and non-maintained special schools.

2 Includes pupils aged less than eight as at 31 August 2006. Includes pupils with sole and dual (main) registration.

3 Where a pupil uses more than one mode of travel for each journey to school, the longest element of the journey by distance should be recorded.

Note:

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census.