Travel Plan

BROUGHTON PRIMARY SCHOOL

TRAVEL PLAN

NOVEMEBER 2015

Broughton Primary School is located on Brigg Road in the town of Broughton, North Lincolnshire.  The school currently has on role 329 children and the travel plan will outline the commitment of the school towards ensuring health and safety of our children, their families and our community.

We have conducted a questionnaire with all pupils, parents / carers and staff to aid in formulating this travel plan.

The aim of this School Travel Plan is multifaceted. It is not intended to construct a doctrine decrying car users per se, nor is it supporting such activity. This is a study that in one instance aims to look at the ways in which children arrive and leave Broughton Primary School.  Secondly, it hopes to identify any areas of congestion, possibly caused by inconsiderate parking, and issues in general relating to road use either around, or on the way to school.  Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, by adopting a positive attitude the study aims to elaborate upon an already enviable safety record and thus encourage more children to walk or cycle to school, ultimately reducing traffic around the school. 

Following the extension to the previous Junior School, all of the pupils are now on one site – Broughton Primary School.  At the start of the school day, a number of vehicles part on Brigg road as parents drop off their children for school.  This is also the case when children are collected from school.  There are ‘school keep clear’ and zigzags outside the Primary School and the old Infant School site.  There is an existing speed limit of 30 mph on Brigg road. 

The majority of pupils attending the school live in Broughton, but we do have pupils who live in Wressle, Brigg, Hibaldstow, Appleby, and Scunthorpe.

Mr Hargrave, the Headteacher of Broughton Primary School will often stand outside the school to monitor the traffic and behaviour of the drivers, especially on wet days when more children arrive by car.  He has been known to politely request parents to move when demonstrating unreasonable parking behaviour.  There has also been support from our local Police Officers to help notify car users of unsafe parking.  It is noticeable on wet weather days that there are more cars trying to use Brigg Road to drop off their children. When a Traffic Warden or a Police Officer patrols the area, parents do not park unreasonably, but it is quite apparent they quickly revert to normal behaviour once these persons have completed their patrol. 

Parking near to the schools is so precious; parents are keen to arrive early to secure a ‘good space’, often arriving as early as 8.20 am and 2.40pm. In the wet and colder weather, these cars are frequently parked with their engines running.  This is clearly not good for the vehicle, the environment or more specifically, the pedestrians who have to walk past them.

The gate to the school opens at 8:30am (or earlier for Breakfast club users, Choir practice, Times Tables clubs etc).  The school unit doors open at 8.45am with a school teaching start time of 8.55am 

There is only one pupil access into the school, and the barrier has already been moved and extended to increase flow of people and safety.

Children who choose to travel to school with their scooters are requested not to ride them on the path from Brigg Road to the school gate entrance – this is for the safety of all concerned.  It is also recommending that pupils wear a safety helmet for protection.

Parents are requested not to congregate and chat on the Brigg Road entrance / exit footpath as this hinders free and safe flow of pupils.

We have had a crossing patrol on the Mill Lane / High Street site since Jan 2015.  This was following a survey which highlighted that there is a faster flow of traffic and reduced visibility for pedestrians. 

Following the pupil survey, these results are noted:-

 

Rec

Yr 1

Yr 2

Yr 3

Yr 4

Yr 5

Yr 6

Car

21

19

24

21

21

24

18

Walk/Scooter

27

20

23

13

24

32

36

Total

48

39

47

34

45

56

54


Of a total 323 pupils asked, 148 said that they had travelled to school by car – 45.8%.

This seems to be a high figure given that the majority of time it would take for most pupils to walk to school is approximately 15 minutes.

Although almost all pupils agree that walking to school is the healthiest way to travel to school, the main concerns of pupils are falling off paths / scooter and crossing roads.

Encourage walking as it is healthier, fun, great exercise, time to meet and talk with friends, increase stamina and fresh air.  Pupils enjoy using their scooters as the journey to school is faster and easier (especially when using a helmet).

The children feel safe when there is a Lolly Pop person to help them cross the road.

Most children feel that it is much safer to travel to school by car as there was less chance of being approached by strangers, there is less chance of being knocked / run over by a car and children have concerns over crossing roads. 

Broughton Primary School already has in place initiatives, which encompass road safety.  Road safety training is repeated in every year group, with pupil in Year 4 having additional Road Safety training, in the form of the theoretical aspects of getting to school safely, which is followed up in Year 6 by the practical aspect of Cycle Training. Broughton Primary School also partakes in the North Lincolnshire Council ‘Walk to School’ weeks. 

Broughton Primary School is committed to educating and equipping pupils in road safety and therefore management of some risks are fully covered by the school.  This prepared all children to be safe as they become more independent in the ‘real world’.

Numerous letters have been sent to parents, from both schools, about the hazards of parking on the ‘zig-zags’ outside the schools, parking on double yellow lines and the time adults spend parked waiting at the beginning and end of the school day.  

There have not been any accidents involving pupils or cars around the school area during morning drop of or afternoon collection for a number of years. 

There are a variety of schemes that could be adopted, either in their complete state, or altered and amended to suit whatever might be appropriate or work best for Broughton.

Suggestions:-

  • 20 mph advisory speed limit ‘School Safety Zone’ down Brigg Road at certain times.
  • Lolly Pop person outside school.
  • Zebra Crossing on Brigg Road outside the school pupil entrance path.
  • Repair paths on Brigg Road / Mill Lane to make walking safer (mainly due to uneven surfaces)

As was highlighted at the beginning of this study, the aim is not to force people to stop using their cars but to encourage them to think about their journey, the alternatives that are available and the safety of the community of Broughton.