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Thousands of pupils and staff to give views on transport…

Submitted by on March 16, 2015 – 6:10 am |

Cllr Judith RowleyThousands of school, college and university students have been asked for their views on public transport as part of a drive to improve services for young people.

Public transport coordinator Centro has been working with over 50 educational sites across the West Midlands to take part in The Big Travel Survey, which aims to find out how students and teaching staff travel each day.

Nearly 50,000 young people have been quizzed on how they get to and from their place of education, why they travel that way and what would encourage them to use public transport, cycling and walking.

The results will be used to improve future journeys and look at ways to further improve sustainable and active travel for students across the West Midlands.

Cllr Judith Rowley, Centro’s lead member for fair, accessible and sustainable transport, said: “For a lot of students travelling to school or college, the bus train or tram is their main method of transport and that is why it is so important that we hear their views.

“With more and more young people these days turning away from driving, making sure that public transport, walking and cycling facilities meet their needs is becoming increasingly important.”

The survey forms part of the Smart Network, Smarter Choices project (SNSC) which aims to help better connect residents to jobs, education and training.

The scheme is being delivered by Centro in partnership with the region’s seven local authorities.

SNSC has provided real time information screens, improved cycle storage, new walking routes and bespoke travel advice for schools, colleges and universities across the region

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