Safety of walked route between home and school
Concerns about the safety of my child's walking route to school
If you feel the route from your home to your catchment or nearest school is unsafe for your child to walk accompanied as necessary, you could be entitled to free school transport.
Read our walked route assessment guidance.
Before you request an assessment, it is important to read the:
Request a walked route assessment
Complete the form to arrange an assessment.
If you need a paper form, contact the Road Safety team.
Query your travel entitlement
If you have got an offer letter for a school place for one of the following places, and want to query your travel entitlement, email admissions transport or call school admissions:
- infant to junior transfer
- first to middle transfer
Walked route assessment guidance
National guidance is provided by Road Safety Great Britain (RSGB) for those tasked with assessing the safety of 'walked routes to and from schools' to determine the provision of free school transport for persons under the Education Act 1944 amended 1996.
Scope of guidelines
The scope of the guidelines is limited to the risks resulting from the interaction between pedestrians and traffic. It does not consider personal security.
What the assessment assumes
The assessment assumes a child is accompanied as necessary. It also considers that the child and parent will be wearing fluorescent and reflective jackets, particularly on roads with no street lighting (case law presumes a child is accompanied, as necessary as stated in the Education Act 1996).
The assessment doesn't consider whether or not there is street lighting.
Lack of footpaths
If there is footpath then an assessment of traffic flow is made first. A road with heavy traffic flow must have continuous adequate footway provision. Roads with light traffic flow must have adequate step-offs with good sightlines. Roads with low traffic flow do not require step-offs, but should have sufficiently good sightlines.
A step-off is a place where a pedestrians can easily step off the roadway onto reasonably even and firm surface.
High flow traffic
High flow traffic is where a road has a traffic flow of more than 840 vehicles in a one hour period.
Medium flow traffic
Medium flow traffic is where a road has a traffic flow of between 400 and 840 vehicles in a one hour period.
Low flow traffic
Low flow traffic is where a road has a traffic flow of under 400 vehicles in a one hour period.
Difficulty crossing a road
We assess the difficulty of crossing a road by applying a gap analysis for the assessment.
A gap analysis is where we record the number of gaps in traffic flow in a 5 minute period, which is greater than the road crossing time. Four such gaps in a 5 minute period are considered acceptable.
Yes, a 3 year collision history is provided for the complete route and forms part of the overall assessment.
If the initial assessment of the route and collision history indicates there is a possible speeding issue and assuming there is sufficient vehicle flow in order to assess traffic speeds, then we will conduct a traffic speed survey.