How to request a review
2. Safety of the route
Local Authorities are obliged to provide free travel for a child if the walking route between their home and school is "unavailable" due to highway conditions. This is assessed against a national set of factors. The law makes it clear that such assessments should assume that the child is accompanied, as necessary, by a responsible adult.
If you consider that the route is not available you are entitled to a review. The route, and any alternative routes, will then be assessed. The assessment will always bear in mind that a responsible adult can be expected to accompany the child. Please note that even if the shortest route is assessed as not available, there may still be alternatives which are, and remain under the distance limit. Again, we will inform you of the route we consider to be available if this is the result of an assessment.