Back to school travel - September 2020

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Government Guidance

Across West Yorkshire, in normal times around 20,000 children and young people use the public transport network to travel to school every day. However, to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, buses and trains are currently only able to carry around half their usual number of passengers.

To make sure that there is enough space on the public transport network for everyone, plans need to be made for the additional journeys that will be made as children return to school in September. These plans may need to assume that children and young people who live less than two miles from school will be asked to consider walking or cycling where it is safe to do so.

In addition to the 20,000 school pupils who usually use public buses, another 20,000 travel on dedicated school buses provided by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and its five partner councils (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield). When schools reopen in full in September, dedicated school buses will resume as before, with a small number of refinements. Government guidance states that these buses will be allowed to use the full capacity of each vehicle. Subject to funding being available, more dedicated school buses may be provided.

Have your say

The Combined Authority is working with local councils and transport providers to identify which public transport routes will be the busiest in September.

To help us do this, we urgently need to know how parents will respond to the Government’s guidance.

By completing this short survey, you can help us plan and protect the public transport network during the pandemic:

If you have multiple children, please fill in a separate survey for each child.

This survey will close at midnight on July 31st.

If you have any questions please email us at: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk


Government Guidance

Across West Yorkshire, in normal times around 20,000 children and young people use the public transport network to travel to school every day. However, to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, buses and trains are currently only able to carry around half their usual number of passengers.

To make sure that there is enough space on the public transport network for everyone, plans need to be made for the additional journeys that will be made as children return to school in September. These plans may need to assume that children and young people who live less than two miles from school will be asked to consider walking or cycling where it is safe to do so.

In addition to the 20,000 school pupils who usually use public buses, another 20,000 travel on dedicated school buses provided by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and its five partner councils (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield). When schools reopen in full in September, dedicated school buses will resume as before, with a small number of refinements. Government guidance states that these buses will be allowed to use the full capacity of each vehicle. Subject to funding being available, more dedicated school buses may be provided.

Have your say

The Combined Authority is working with local councils and transport providers to identify which public transport routes will be the busiest in September.

To help us do this, we urgently need to know how parents will respond to the Government’s guidance.

By completing this short survey, you can help us plan and protect the public transport network during the pandemic:

If you have multiple children, please fill in a separate survey for each child.

This survey will close at midnight on July 31st.

If you have any questions please email us at: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk