Our local buses through Park Hill will be affected by TfL’s plans to accommodate children traveling to school. From September 3, about every other bus on route 64 in the morning peak (generally 7.30 to 9.30) will become a School Service; on route 433 this will apply in the morning and afternoon peak (generally 14.30 to 16.30).
Transport for London are encouraging children to walk, cycle or scoot to school. For those who can’t, TfL will designate some existing regular buses as School Services, which would be prioritised for school travel and would operate at full seated capacity, as is permitted by Government guidelines for school bus services. Signs would clearly indicate that these are School Services and they are planned to operate on around half of all buses during school travel times on certain high-frequency routes
Customers who are not schoolchildren but who need to travel at school travel times are strongly encouraged to use the regular services. Regular services will continue to have lower capacity limits to support social distancing, in line with Government guidelines.
The planned service changes are proposed to remain in place until at least the end of October, although could be subject to change.
Please regularly check tfl.gov.uk/reopeningeducation for the latest information on services and safer travel guidance – including a list of routes affected by these proposals.
In practice, some parents will choose to drive their children to school, restoring the traffic jams around schools.