TfL steps up preparations for return to school

Ahead of the re-opening of classrooms next week, TfL is once again calling on pupils to walk, cycle or scoot to school where possible.

From Monday (8 March), TfL is reintroducing measures similar to those implemented during the autumn term – in a bid to help ensure children can travel to school “safely, sustainably and on time”.

These include providing hundreds of extra buses, reintroducing the system of signed ‘School Service’ buses and encouraging walking and cycling. 

TfL says it is continuing to work with London boroughs to create the extra space needed to make walking and cycling safer and easier. 

More than 300 School Streets have been created across London, which involve timed restrictions on motorised traffic outside schools to make walking and cycling safer and easier, as well as enabling social distancing. 

Meanwhile, Nearly 100km of new or upgraded cycle lanes are also either complete or under construction – designed to help people of all ages and abilities to “feel more confident when making essential journeys by bike”.

Claire Mann, TfL’s director of bus operations, said: “I know how hard the last few months have been for families and especially home learners and home teachers, so I’m sure the return of children to schools will be welcomed by many.

“We’re doing everything we can to make sure the network continues to be as safe as possible, but we also need Londoners to repeat the actions they took during the autumn term and play their part. 

“Walking and cycling, planning for the quiet times, wearing face coverings and ensuring windows are left open on buses will help everyone who needs to travel to do so safely.”