Boy cycling to school - transport and travel

Cheshire East Council wants parents’ views on how their children travel to school ahead of plans for pupils’ safe return to school in September.

Recent government guidance has asked councils to work with schools, parents, carers and transport providers to put in place measures.

The aim is to minimise the risks from coronavirus when children and young people are travelling to and from school.

Measures include increased hygiene, cleaning and social distancing on school transport from September, when pupils are required to return to school.

The government has asked that councils:

● Work with schools to survey parents on their typical routes to school and potential alternatives
● Consider a range of options for shifting demand for public transport onto other modes
● Consider traffic management in order to ensure that children are able to attend school from the start of the autumn term

Two online surveys by the council are aimed at two groups:

● A survey for parents who rely on the authority to provide home-to-school travel assistance. This group will be contacted directly by the council’s transport company, Transport Services Solutions (TSS)
● A survey for those who travel to school on either public transport or by other means. This group will be contacted directly by the schools

Cllr Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “Whilst we want to minimise the impact on children and their families of any new measures, we also need to consider all options to make children’s travel to school as safe as possible.

“Through these surveys, we are seeking your help, as parents and carers, to enable us to identify alternative travel options that we could support you with, where possible.

“We know that many parents are apprehensive about their children going back to school and we want to make school transport as safe as we can.

“Time is of the essence. I urge all parents and carers that are in receipt of travel assistance, especially those who travel by bus, minibus or taxi, to complete our survey before the deadline of 20 July.

“The survey should take five minutes to complete and will help us enormously to put plans into place ahead of children returning to school in September.”

The deadline for responses is Monday July 20.

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