Last reviewed 8 March 2021
As London's schoolchildren return to the classroom from 8 March, Transport for London (TfL) will reintroduce measures similar to those introduced during the autumn term.
These include providing hundreds of extra buses, reintroducing the system of signed 'School Service' buses and encouraging walking and cycling.
Additional buses will be reintroduced on some of the busiest low-frequency bus routes, including existing school services, with priority given to routes on which schoolchildren travel longer distances.
The measures will help ensure children can travel to school safely, sustainably and on time, TfL said, with free travel for children and young people still in place.
Those who are able to walk, cycle or scoot to school are again encouraged to do so, with TfL continuing to work with London boroughs to create the extra space needed to make walking and cycling safer and easier.
Across the capital, more than 300 School Streets have been created which involve timed restrictions on motorised traffic outside schools to make walking and cycling safer and easier, as well as enabling social distancing.
Up to half of buses on certain busier, higher-frequency routes will be designated 'School Services' at school travel times between 07:30 and 09:00 in the morning and 14:30 and 16:30 in the afternoon. These services, which will be clearly signed, will be prioritised for school travel and alternate with normal services.
Buses signed as School Services will continue to operate at full seated capacity, consistent with Government guidance, while the current capacity limits on buses will remain on normal services.
Pupils will need to wait for School Services, and other customers will need to wait for regular services, with clear signage on the front window of the School Services differentiating the two.
TfL is engaging with more than 3,000 schools, London's boroughs and the Government to prepare for the increased demand on the transport network, where capacity remains reduced because of social distancing.
Schools are being asked to stagger start and end times and encourage walking and cycling. Education providers can find more information at https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/schools-and-young-people/travel-guidance-for-schools?cid=reopeningeducation.