In recent years, the issue of home to school transport has become a hot topic across the UK.

Both public and independent schools are acutely aware of the importance of sustainability and security – yet when it comes to transport services, schools struggle to achieve their desired goals.

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Commute by WeMove leverages smart solutions to enhance transportation offerings in the education sector, revolutionising the way students commute by making home-to-school transport more accessible, efficient and safe. Below we discuss the current challenges faced by school transport and highlight how WeMove can help overcome these issues.

According to studies by “School Transport Matters”, 570 million school journeys are made each year, with 90% of journeys made by children up to the age of 16 being to and from school. Despite this, the current transport service is inflexible and hinders the movement of pupils. The transport system is unable to accommodate any revisions made to the bus timetable and parents are often uninformed about vehicle delays, breakdowns or changes to the schedule.

The WeMove model overcomes this by offering flexible supply which means that in the event of a large sports day, school concert or outing the transport offering can be altered and vehicles can be added to the fleet to suit the specific occasion. New routes and points of interest can be easily created to cater for a specific event at school. Our shuttles are fully customisable in terms of timings, pick up and drop off points, vehicle sizes and fare structures. This allows us to create bespoke services that suit the specific needs of each school.

Technology can now be utilised to improve safeguarding for home to school transport. Our parent tracking app, for example, allows parents to track their child’s boarding status and vehicle location in real time, giving them peace of mind. Parents also receive notifications of any unforeseen changes to the service.

In addition to the opportunities we provide for schools, WeMove is also helping universities to tailor flexible transport services. In the West Midlands, for example, we are working closely with the University of Warwick, ensuring a good on-demand bus service can be utilised by students and staff. We are currently carrying out studies to improve the levels of sustainability when it comes to commuting.

Many universities in the UK and around the world are carrying out sustainability studies, as scope 3 emissions become a target to decrease the carbon footprint. A modern, digital transport service allows for the collection of actionable sustainability data. By providing a sustainable alternative to private vehicles,  staff and students are encouraged to use shared and active transport to commute – which is not only beneficial for the environment but also reduces the stress of having to find parking on campus.

To find out more about how WeMove could assist your school, feel free to contact one of our expert consultants to set up a call.

This article was originally published by WeMove.


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