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Where possible, children and young people making shorter journeys are encouraged to walk or cycle to school or college, leaving public transport available for those who have to make longer journeys.
Trains and buses are running and, while capacity may be reduced due to social distancing, services are being gradually increased where possible in the run up to September.
As it is difficult to predict demand across every service, people are strongly advised to check directly with rail and bus operators for the latest service information and timetables on a regular basis as things may change.
Demand across the network will be closely monitored, particularly during the first couple of days of term, to enable operators to swiftly respond to any issues and concerns.
Where possible, operators will look to enhance the service provision on busy routes and customer feedback will be valuable and welcomed. There will also be staff placed across the network to monitor demand.
Parents and students are being reminded that children aged 11+ must remember to wear a face covering* and, if they haven’t used public transport for a while, they may want to do this before the term starts to understand the changes in place.
Operators have worked very hard to put a range of key measures in place to help keep everyone safe. These include enhanced cleaning regimes that focus on things like touch points such as doors, handrails, seats and ticket machines.
As arrangements for different schools will vary, parents and students are being advised to check with their school to understand any local arrangements being put in place.
*For exemptions, please visit the government website.
Please be mindful of the following parking issues that could occur when parents/carers are dropping off and/or collecting children by car.
Where possible, please walk or cycle to school.
For more information, visit the ReThink Travel website.