Parents wanted to take part in survey on back to school travel

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is asking parents to help inform plans for travel when all children return to school in September and it would be helpful if schools would share details with parents and encourage them to take part.

The survey is live here.

Schools are asked to help encourage responses by sharing details through newsletters, social media channels and other networks.

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. 

The Combined Authority is working with local councils and transport providers to identify which public transport routes will be the busiest in September and has launched a survey to find out more about how parents intend their children to travel. 

More information and the survey is available at https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/schools-transport 

The survey closes on Friday 31 July. 

 


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Published: 20/07/2020
Audience: All
Contact: Rebecca Smith

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