Children to have safer routes to school thanks to new projects

25 November 2016

Nineteen new active travel projects for schools in Scotland receive funding from Sustrans

Walking, scooting, skating or cycling to and from school is about to get easier and safer thanks to funding managed by Sustrans Scotland. The sustainable transport charity has awarded £726,340 to local authorities up and down the country to fund 19 new projects that will improve active travel options for school children in Scotland.

The total amount of funding that the 19 projects will receive, including funds from both local authorities and Sustrans Scotland, will be £1,439,840.

The Safer Routes to Schools Fund is Sustrans Scotland’s grant scheme for new infrastructure as identified through the school travel planning process for the financial year 2016/17 and is funded by the Scottish Government through Transport Scotland.

Funded projects aim to increase walking and cycling levels in and around schools. Sustrans anticipates that there will be three key outcomes from this programme:

1.     Enhanced safety for pupils travelling to school;

2.     Reduced congestion and improved air quality around schools; and

3.     Increased physical activity levels of school children.

Tom Bishop, Sustrans Community Links Manager, said:

“The response we have received from local authorities in Scotland has been excellent. We have received proposals that range from short, invaluable, sections of shared use path or single safe crossing points, to some really ambitious, area wide schemes. At the heart of all these projects are concepts to improve the safety and ease with which children can walk, scoot and cycle to school.

“Now in its third year, we’re seeing more and more interest from local authorities in developing ideas to use the funds to develop and create safe active travel options for children across Scotland. It’s important that we continue to build on this foundation and provide young people with safe, healthy options when it comes to getting to and from school which hopefully will stay with them into adulthood.”

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and The Islands said:

“We want to encourage children across Scotland to walk, cycle or scoot as part of their journey to school and that is why the Scottish Government invests in Sustrans Scotland’s Safer Routes to School programme which aims to promote school travel plans and active travel projects. 

“We welcome the interest from the local authorities and look forward to seeing the improved active travel options available for school children across the country.” 


For media enquiries please contact claire[email protected] or call Sustrans Scotland on 0131 346 1384.

Notes to editors

Eligible Infrastructure projects must:

  • Meet an identified school and community demand;
  • Improve the provision of infrastructure for walking and/or cycling;
  • Demonstrate how they will positively impact on walking, cycling and scooting levels;
  • Be completed by 15th May 2017.

Eligible Infrastructure projects should:

  • Include monitoring
  • Include a complementary programme of behaviour change and people-focused interventions such as travel information campaigns, active travel promotion, training and events;
  • Be identified in a School Travel Plan;
  • Consider school catchment-wide/cluster-wide solutions.

Total project costs for each project

  • Aberdeenshire Council, Sauchan to Cluny School path:   £192,103
  • Angus Council, Forfar Community Campus Active Travel Route:  £68,000
  • Clackmannanshire Council, Muckhart Active Travel Route: £73,000
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council, Moffat Road/Marchmount Avenue, Dumfries. Proposed cycle link to/from Dumfries High School: £283,737
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council, Commission of Dumfries Learning Town Sustainable Active Travel Strategy: £15,000
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council, Proposed Cycleway Links, Dalbeattie: Early Implementation Works: £190,800
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council, Proposed Cycleway Links, Dalbeattie: Church Crescent Bridge, £32,700
  • East Dumbartonshire Council, Meadowburn Steps: £140,000
  • East Dumbartonshire Council, Lenzie Meadow Primary School: £50,000
  • Fife Council, Carnegie Primary School installation of Toucan Crossing, £35,000
  • Fife Council, Kelty Primary School installation / completion of Footpath link, £79,000
  • Fife Council, Mountfleurie Primary School link path, £41,800
  • Highland Council, Lady Lovat Primary School Safer Routes to School Project, £45,000
  • Highland Council, Arisaig Primary School Safer Routes to School Project: £60,000
  • North Ayrshire Council, Route to St Mark's Early Years Centre: £8,200
  • North Ayrshire Council, Path from Bank Street to MacKinnon Terrace: £3,000
  • Orkney Islands Council, Papdale Primary School - Creation of 2 New Access Points: £4,500
  • South Ayrshire Council, Maybole Road/Laughlanglen Road, Ayr: £50,000
  • Stirling Council, East Plean Primary School - Safer Routes to School: £68,000

Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today.