In response to the Secretary of State for Education announcing that all schools and further education colleges will reopen to all year groups at the start of the new school year in September, it is likely that when these trips are added back on to the network that capacity will be constrained due to the requirement of social distancing and related COVID-19 measures being enforced on transport networks across England.
This questionnaire aims to understand from you how your students and staff travel to and from your school or further education college to develop a better understanding of current transport usage and capacity in the local area and to identify where additional support will be required to ensure that pupils, parents and staff can travel safely upon their return to school in September.
This questionnaire has been developed by Mott Macdonald on behalf of the Department for Transport.
We are asking all schools to fill in this spreadsheet and return to the Council using this email address firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 July 2020. Please ensure your response includes your school name, apologies for the short notice.
By 2021, congestion in Suffolk is expected to cost our local economy £146.6 million per year, a cost of between £120 to £468 per person per year. We have to look at solutions and changing our behaviour through travel plans is one of the actions being taken forward in the UK.
The different types of travel plan are:
- school travel plans
- work place travel plans
- travel plans for new or expanding developments
- travel plan grant scheme
- Local Links developer travel plans
View the Suffolk County Council minimum standard for Travel Plans and Travel Plan Monitoring in the checklists below. Once you have ticked off all sections, you can submit your Travel Plan or Travel Plan Monitoring back to us to be reviewed:
- Travel Plan checklist
- Travel Plan Monitoring checklist
- Travel Plan Monitoring guidance
- Residential Travel Plan Monitoring template
A travel plan is a document that seeks to promote greener modes of transport, and reduce dependence on the car. Travel plans contain a package of measures to raise awareness about low-cost options and more pleasant ways to travel.
Travel Plan guidance
Suffolk County Council have recently produced a formal Travel Plan guidance document that provides information and advice on the required content for a Travel Plan in Suffolk.
Download and read:
- Suffolk's Travel Plan Guidance: web version (PDF, 1.3MB)
- Suffolk's Travel Plan Guidance: print-friendly version (PDF, 1.7MB)
Click on each tab below for information on alternative methods of transport.
Most of us walk every day, it has many benefits including:
- easy to do
- helps maintain a healthy weight
- helps manage or prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes
- helps strengthen bones and muscles
- helps relieve stress before the work or school day
- improves balance and coordination
Swap your car journey and walk to work or school, or leave the car at home and walk to the shops. It’s the healthier option and will save you money.
There are various online tools that provide advice on walking. Mapped out walking routes are available whether you are going from A to B, or fancy a circular route during your lunch break.
- Walk It - the urban walking route planner. This tells you how long your walk will take depending on your walking speed, and how many calories you are likely to burn.
- Living Streets - the national walking charity. Find out about Walk to Work Week and other events to involve your workplace.
- Change 4 life - provides information on how you can make a change to stay fit and healthy.
- Walking in Suffolk - can give you examples of local walks that you’ll love.
Cycling is a fast and easy way of beating the traffic. Suffolk has some fantastic off-road cycle paths that can shorten your journey. During peak periods there is very little difference between arrival times by car, or bike. On some routes you will have to share the road with motorists and adhere to the Highway Code.
Cycle parking is usually free, and cycling is a great way of keeping fit and healthy (which also reduces the need to visit the gym, freeing up more time for you, and saving you even more money).
You can find more information about cycling on the Suffolk on Board website.
You can also join the Suffolk Spokes People network on Twitter.
The following websites can provide you with more information:
- Suffolk Police: find out how to keep your bike safe
- Cycle Streets: a journey planner to help you find cycle routes right across the UK
- Discover Suffolk: have their own mapped out cycle routes depending on how far you want to ride
- Open Street Map: view other Suffolk or national cycle routes
Did you know?
Cycling instead of paying £2 per day car parking will save £480 per typical 48 week working year on just car parking fees.
Have a cycle vs car time trial? Try cycling to work for a week to see what time difference between cycling and driving in rush hour there really is.
Bus including Park and Ride
Suffolk has very good bus links provided by a number of different operators. You can travel to various towns, stay as long as you like, and not worry about how much parking to pay for.
It can give you the opportunity to go shopping, have a meal or a drink, then catch the bus home without worrying what time your car park ticket runs out.
- For news, information, and timetables on Suffolk bus services visit Suffolk on Board.
- For information on journey planning, and to find services that will stop at your nearest bus stop visit Traveline.
- Find out real-time information of when the next bus arrives at a specific bus stop from NextBuses.
- Read a newcomers guide to using the bus timetables.
Park and Ride
Find out about the Ipswich Park and Ride service for information such as existing routes and fares.
Suffolk has some fantastic rail links. Trains are frequent and provide direct services to London, Colchester, Norwich, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and many more locations.
Trains run at a higher average speed than cars, and don’t usually have to put up with congestion and slow vehicles.
Rail Saving Tips:
- Book 12+ weeks early for the cheapest tickets.
- Spend over £90 per year? Consider a railcard.
- If you are a regular traveller, grab a season ticket.
There are over 38 million empty car seats on the UK’s roads every weekday. Any journey can benefit from car sharing – whether it's getting work, taking the children to school, visiting friends, or doing the weekly shop.
Benefits of car sharing:
- Saves money - try the savings calculator to see how much money you can save
- Reduces unnecessary cars on the road
- Eases congestion
- Reduces pollution
- Convenience of using a car
Visit Suffolk Car Share to register.
It is a free to use and secure web-based matching service for anyone wishing to share a car journey as either a driver or passenger. All you need to register is a valid e-mail address. You need to be aged 18 or over.
Search for a regular journey or just a one off trip to find a match. Arrange to meet beforehand and enjoy saving money and all the benefits of sharing your journey.
Read Suffolk Car Share's advice and FAQ's.
Follow Suffolk Car Share on Twitter @SuffolkCarShare.