South Yorkshire transport bosses’ plea to plan school journeys ahead of re-opening

Transport bosses in South Yorkshire have urged pupilsand parents to plan ahead before returning to school and college next week.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 12:50 pm

From March 8, dedicated school and college services will be back up and running as pupils return to education.

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Tim Taylor, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s (SYPTE’s) director of customer services said: “As social distancing guidelines are still in place and buses are running with reduced capacity, we’re asking students, parents and staff members to plan ahead and consider if they can get to school or college by walking, scooting or cycling instead.”

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“Dedicated school buses will be running in some areas, they’ll be numbered between 400 and 700 to make it easier to identify them.

Those buses will have larger capacity than general bus services under social distancing guidelines and students are asked to try to sit in their year group bubbles where possible.

“We’d also like to remind everyone that all passengers aged 11 and over are required to wear a face covering – unless they’re exempt – when using the public transport network, including dedicated school services and while walking through transport interchanges.”

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