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Travel to and from school

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.

Public transport – key advice

  • Remember that children aged 11 and over must wear a face covering*
  • Plan ahead and check timetables
  • Leave more time for your journey in case services are busy
  • Pay by contactless or buy pre-paid tickets if you can – our young people’s bus Solo and Term Time Tickets are now available on MetroSmart cards
  • If paying by cash, try to have the exact fare
  • Be mindful of social distancing
  • Allow passengers to get off before boarding
  • Some seats on the bus are not in use; please respect this. They will be clearly marked out
  • Try to travel with the same group of friends each day and where possible sit in the same seats
  • Be respectful to other passengers and staff
  • Do not travel if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or family members are showing symptoms

*For exemptions, please visit the government website.

By car

Please be mindful of the following parking issues that could occur when parents/carers are dropping off and/or collecting children by car.

  • Parking directly on junctions is a dangerous practice that puts pedestrians and drivers at risk. Parking directly up to a junction causes visibility issues for vehicles exiting and entering and also causes difficulties for pedestrians attempting to cross using dropped crossings, i.e. wheelchairs and pram users.

  • Be aware of local residents - do not park over dropped kerbs and allow access for residents to be able to leave their property as easily as possible.

  • If you have no option but to park on the pavement, please ensure that you allow access for disabled persons using wheelchairs, mobility scooters and guide dogs; and pram users, including double buggies.

  • To assist with road safety, please park at least a five to 10-minute walk away from school; this will lead to less congestion and help with environmental issues experienced near schools.

Where possible, please walk or cycle to school.

For more information, visit the ReThink Travel website.