If the route to school is unsafe, and if the child lives within statutory walking distance of the school and the LA has not made arrangements for the child to attend a nearer qualifying school, the LA must make suitable travel arrangements free of charge.

The LA should assess the route at the times the child would be using it. They should take into account:

  • the age of the child
  • whether risks might be less if the child were accompanied by an adult and whether that is practicable
  • the width of the road and the existence of pavements
  • the volume and speed of traffic
  • street lighting
  • different conditions at different times of year.

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