Safer Routes to School

What is the Safer Routes to School initiative?

The Safer Routes to School Scheme, a joint initiative involving the council, school staff, pupils, parents and local residents, has been running in the city since 2004. It aims to reduce the dependency on the car for the school journey, by improving the area around the school and making routes to school safer for children and their parents/carers to walk or cycle.

Where is it taking place?

In 2018/19 the scheme will focus on Hangleton. West Blatchington Primary moves to new and bigger premises on the same site at easter 2019. In September 2019, the King’s School will move from its present temporary premises in High Street, Portslade to part of the West Blatchington Primary site in Hangleton Way (the plans to move the school to its new site were approved by the council’s planning committee in September 2017).

What is happening?

We’ve identified 11 potential locations for improvements and we want your views on the proposals. These include better walking and cycling links between Hangleton and Portslade on Hangleton Way and in Benfield Valley, and changes outside Hove Park Lower School at one end of Hangleton Way and West Blatchington Primary at the other. Changes are also suggested on Amberley Drive, Poynings Drive and Downland Drive.

A report on the consultation results, with recommendations for the final scheme, will be put to the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee on 27 November.

The survey runs from 10 September until 1 October 2018.

Paper versions of the survey are available from Hangleton Library, The King’s School (Portslade) & West Blatchington Primary school or call 01273 290235.

Who can take part?

Schools included in the Safer Routes to School Scheme are usually identified by the number and location of child pedestrian collisions and fatalities within a seven hundred and fifty metre radius of the chosen school or cluster of schools.

View schools where schemes have been implemented (PDF 150KB)

Contact us

For further information contact the transport projects team on