More than £165,000 has been awarded to 25 Medway schools this year for improving travel and road safety arrangements in and around the school grounds, a record achievement for Medway. The schools became eligible for extra government cash when they successfully developed what is known as a school travel plan. The idea of a school travel plan is to develop alternative ways for pupils to travel to school (such as walking, cycling or using trains and buses) with the aim of reducing the number of cars at the school gates. Parents, pupils, teachers and governors, along with the council's road safety team, are all involved in producing a travel plan suited to each schools individual needs. Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services, which includes road safety, said: "It’s extremely encouraging to see a record number of schools in Medway grasping the opportunity to reverse the current trend of increased car use on the school run through this proactive approach." The council also came top out of the 11 unitary authorities in the South East for the amount school travel funding successfully awarded this year. The 25 schools taking part are: Abbey Court Community Special School; All Faiths' Children's Community School; Allhallows Primary School; Balfour Junior School; Bradfields School; Chapter School; Danecourt Community School; Chatham South School; Elaine Primary School; Featherby Infant and Nursery School; Horsted Junior School; The Hundred of Hoo Comprehensive School; Kingfisher Community Primary School; Medway Community College; New Brompton College; Saxon Way Primary School; Sherwin Knight Junior School; Skinner Street Primary School; St Benedict's Roman Catholic Primary School; St John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive School; St Thomas More Roman Catholic Primary School; St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School; The Thomas Aveling School; Twydall Infant School; Wainscott Primary School. Following this year’s achievement, more than 80 per cent of all schools in Medway now have a school travel plan in place.