Students are required to make decisions about transport alternatives based on information presented in train and bus timetables.

Teacher notes

  • Students are presented with public transport challenges and are required to consider bus and train alternatives (sometimes combinations of the two) in order to reach destinations with the earliest possible time of arrival.
  • Demands an understanding of time and timetables.
  • Students develop skills in reading timetables and in considering alternative modes of transport and alternative routes.
  • The learning objects in the series become progressively more difficult as the numbers of options and alternatives increase.

Learning objects

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Journey planner: quickest route 1
Students compare the relative speeds over three different short routes between train and bus travel to select the quickest trip.

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Journey planner: quickest route 2
Students compare the relative speeds over six different short routes between train and bus travel to select the quickest trip. The trips require changing trains at a particular node.

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Journey planner: quickest route 3
Students select the quickest route for the same trip at three different times of the day. Students learn that quickest route may vary for the same destination because of waiting times caused by timetables.