School travel plans

Information on how school travel plans promote active, safe and sustainable travel to school, plus help and guidance on creating them.

School travel plans

The way children travel to school can have an enormous impact on their lifestyle. Greater numbers of parents taking their children to and from school by car is contributing to increased congestion, higher levels of pollution and greater risk to pedestrians and cyclists from cars.

A school travel plan may be able to address some of these problems, by looking at the issues that are barriers to sustainable travel, then recommending practical ways to reduce the number of car trips made to a school.

A school travel plan aims to:

  • encourage more walking and cycling
  • improve safety on the school journey
  • raise awareness among pupils and parents of the harmful effects of increasing car use on children's health, safety, and independence

Take a look at our Suffolk on Board home to school travel guidance, which include discounts and timetables.

Guidance and templates

Your Schools' Travel Plan must be uploaded on Modeshift STARS. registered on Modeshift STARS - this is free to use. Simply upload your existing travel plan into the template provided

Modeshift STARS is a national awards scheme which recognises the excellence shown by schools, and will help to sustain the work that is being done. Schools can record and monitor all activities and initiatives that support the travel plan such as Bikeability and Junior Road Safety Officer schemes.

Sign up for free by following these steps:

  1. Visit and choose your location from the list of local authorities that appears.
  2. Select the ‘Register’ tab from the top right corner of the page.
  3. On the registration page, enter your name, select ‘School’ and then select the role that is most appropriate to your position in the school (e.g. School Travel Plan Champion).
  4. Ensure ‘Your LA’ is correct and then select your school from the drop down menu.
  5. Complete the rest of the registration form and then select ‘Register’.

Click the links for more help and guidance:

If you need any further advice or guidance on writing a travel plan contact the Travel Plan team at