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Students reminded to plan ahead for travel to school and college

5 March 2021

Plan your journey and remember your face covering is the message to students as they prepare to return to school and college next week. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has continued to support the running of school buses during the lockdown to ensure children can access critical worker provision.  

 

In normal times, around 20,000 children and young people in West Yorkshire use the public transport network to travel to school every day and numbers are expected to increase next week as schools start to reopen.  

 

Under Government guidelines, young people using dedicated school services do not need to social distance but those aged 11 and above are required to wear a face covering. Young people using the public transport network are being reminded to observe social distancing, check timetables and wear a face covering if they are aged 11 and above. Extra services will be running to support social distancing.  

  

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said:  

 

“Throughout the pandemic we have worked with operators, including through the West Yorkshire Bus Alliance, to ensure there is enough capacity to meet demand for school travel.   

 

“Rail and bus operators continue to carry out additional cleaning measures and young people should have confidence in using public transport as they return to school and college.  

 

“We are asking young people aged 11 and over to remember their face covering and those travelling on the public transport network also need to observe social distancing. Those making shorter journeys should also consider cycling and walking as alternatives.”  

  

Full information on school services is available at www.wymetro.com/schools 

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