Transport Policy

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: Why have a School Travel Plan?

Answer: School Travel Plans help to : reduce congestion (both around the school gates and the local area); improve the school environment; promote healthier pupils; encourage children to travel independently and help make roads safer. - Related Link

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Question: What is a workplace (green) travel plan?

Answer: A workplace or green travel plan is a plan which looks at how staff and customers travel and seeks to offer alternatives to the private motor car. Incentives can include : discounted public transport use, car sharing, pool cars, working from home, flexible working hours and providing facilities to encourage walking and cycling (eg cycle racks, showers, drying facilities).

The Council do not have a dedicated Travel Officer but the Transport Policy Section will be happy to give general advice and helpful links. - Related Link

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Question: Can every school develop a School Travel Plan?

Answer: Yes. This project is aimed at every school: independent, state, voluntary aided, primary, middle, high or special schools. - Related Link

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Question: Where can I find out about future cycling events?

Answer: Details of future events can be obtained from Isle of Wight Tourism (01983 813818), Cyclewight (www.cyclewight.org.uk) or via the sun, sea and cycling website (www.sunseaandcycling.com). - Related Link

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Question: How does the Council monitor the success of the Local Transport Plan?

Answer: The Transport Act requires all Highway's Authorities to submit Progress Reports (APRs). APRs outline the Council's transport spend, delivery and progress towards targets and objectives.

The Isle of Wight Council's Annual Progress Reports can be downloaded from the Council's website or viewed at all Island libraries. - Related Link

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Question: Does the Council have a transport strategy?

Answer: The Transport Act requires local transport authorities to produce a Local Transport Plan setting out the authority's transport strategy and delivery programme. The Isle of Wight's second LTP (LTP2) was adopted in 2006 and will run until 2011. Both LTP2 and the Council's first Local Transport Plan (LTP1), review documents and associated documents can be downloaded from the Council's website or viewed at all Island libraries. - Related Link

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Question: What is a School Travel Plan?

Answer: A School Travel Plan is a plan which aims to reduce car use on the school run by promoting walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

School Travel Plans form part of the Government's Travelling to School project. - Related Link

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Question: Where can I get a copy of the Local Transport Plan (LTP) or Annual Progress Report (APR)?

Answer: Both first and second Local Transport Plans and all Annual Progress and Delivery Reports can be downloaded from the Council's website. Documents can also be viewed at all Island libraries, County Hall, Planning Services (Seaclose) and Engineering Services (Enterprise House).

The Council have also produced LTP and APR summary leaflets. These are available free of charge from the above locations or downloaded from the Council's website.

Hard and digital copies of the plans can be produced at a cost. Please contact Charlotte Westwood (Tel: 823777) for more details.

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Question: Where can I find information about cycling to work, school and other cycling incentives?

Answer: Further information on cycling can be obtained from Sue Cracknell, Cycling Promotion Officer on (01983) 823777, email susan.cracknell@iow.gov.uk or Enterprise House, St Cross Business Park, Monks Brook, Dodnor, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5WB.

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Question: How do I/we develop a School Travel Plan?

Answer: Plans can be developed by anyone connected to the school from headteachers and governors to parents and pupils.

For more information contact Helen Stichbury, School Travel Plan co-ordinator : telephone (01983) 823777; email: helen.stichbury@iow.gov.uk or via Enterprise House, St Cross Business Park, Monks Brook, Newport, IW PO30 5WB. - Related Link

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Question: Where can I find maps of Island cycle routes and trails?

Answer: Maps can be downloaded from the sun, sea and cycling website (www.sunseaandcycling.com). Alternatively, if you do not have access to the Internet, they can be obtained from Isle of Wight Tourism by telephing 01983 813818. - Related Link

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Question: How is distance from home to school measured for transport purposes?

Answer: For admissions purposes, a pupils nearest school is calculated by direct distance, which is a straight line from the centre of the home address to the centre of the school.

Home to School Transport is assessed on whether they are attending their nearest school (direct distance or walking route) and whether the shortest walking route is over the qualifying distance. For further information on qualifying distances please refer to the Home to School Transport Policy.

The distances are calculated using the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System which draws on Ordnance Survey, Isle of Wight Rights of Way, National Land and Property Gazeteer data, using Local Authority Road Safety Officers Association Guidelines. - Related Link

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