Safer Routes to Schools FAQ's
How long does it take?
The time taken to install schemes varies from a few
months to a number of years.
Some of the factors that affect how long it takes
- Complexity of the works
- Other schemes in the queue within the Council's
- Public consultation procedures
- Legally-required procedures
- The time to design the scheme and employ a
contractor to build it
Obviously, once the scheme has been agreed we look to
progress it as quickly as possible. As you can imagine, it's not
always possible to map this out with complete certainty.
For example, proposals usually need to be put to the wider
community and quite often different viewpoints and priorities will
arise. We will work to resolve any differences but this may take
Does there have to be an accident before
anything is done?
No, Safer Routes to Schools funding is not dependent
on an accident record at a site, although it can be an important
consideration. We recognise the paradox that some places are seen
as so dangerous that no-one walks or cycles and therefore there are
We are also keen to remove the barriers associated
with walking and cycling to school which may well include concerns
about personal safety as well as road safety.
Improvements should provide benefits for both the
journey to school and the community as a whole.
We are very interested in a dual approach – providing
engineering measures within the context of a school travel plan. In
this way the pupil's will also receive the education and training
that they need to improve their skills and confidence
What do I do if I want my school to
Work with your school to develop a school travel plan
which can then go onto be prioritised for safer routes to schools
The related document list below shows which schools
have benefited so far.