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Transport for London Update (including Bus & Zipcard information)

The latest bulletin from the London Borough of Waltham Forest gives the following information from TfL ...

Walking and cycling to school is energising and empowering, and we want it to become your natural choice for you and your children when travelling to school.

Together with TfL, we've gathered useful information which can help you or your child make the change from travelling with by car to sustainable options. 

This video talks to children (including a few from Waltham Forest!) about the importance of sustainable travel to them

Living Streets: resources to get you walking to school

Transport for London: has some great resources about transitioning from Year 6 to Year 7

THINK: road safety tips with extensive resources

If you're thinking of starting to cycle for the new term, but aren't sure where to start, head over to our Get moving page to find out more.

Transport for London have made some temporary changes to some bus service to help children’s journey into school safer. Please remember that children over 11 are expected to wear face masks on public transport, unless they are exempt. More information on changes to school bus provision and routes are available online. 

LBWF have also sent us the following information with regard to local bus routes ...

 

Please see below an updated bus changes table outlining all the bus routes in the borough which will be affected and a list of FAQs which we discussed with TfL (Transport for London) when we met with them last week.

 

Updated Bus Changes  

Route From  To Implementation Date Every other bus - morning peak Every other bus - afternoon peak Additional buses - morning peak Additional buses - afternoon peak

20

WALTHAMSTOW BUS STATION

BURTON ROAD

01/09/2020

NO

NO

1

0

34

BARNET HIGH STREET / BARNET CHURCH

WALTHAMSTOW BUS STATION

02/09/2020

YES

NO

0

0

55

WALTHAMSTOW BUS STATION

GREAT TITCHFIELD STREET

01/09/2020

YES

NO

0

0

58

EAST HAM / CENTRAL PARK

WALTHAMSTOW BUS STATION

01/09/2020

YES

YES

0

0

66

ROMFORD STATION

LEYTONSTONE STATION

01/09/2020

YES

NO

0

0

97

CHINGFORD STATION

STRATFORD CITY BUS STATION

01/09/2020

YES

NO

0

0

123

LORDSHIP LANE

HAINAULT STREET

01/09/2020

YES

YES

0

0

145

DAGENHAM ASDA

LEYTONSTONE STATION

01/09/2020

YES

NO

0

0

212

CHINGFORD STATION

ST JAMES STREET STATION

01/09/2020

YES

NO

0

0

215

LEE VALLEY CAMPSITE

WALTHAMSTOW BUS STATION

02/09/2020

NO

NO

1

0

257

STRATFORD BUS STATION [DLR]

WALTHAMSTOW BUS STATION

01/09/2020

YES

NO

0

0

275

ST JAMES STREET STATION

BARKINGSIDE TESCO

01/09/2020

NO

NO

1

0

313

CHINGFORD STATION

DAME ALICE OWEN'S SCHOOL

02/09/2020

NO

NO

1

1

339

LEYTONSTONE STN / GROVE GREEN ROAD

SHADWELL STATION [DLR]

01/09/2020

NO

NO

2

1

357

CHINGDALE ROAD

WHIPPS CROSS BUS STAND/WHIPPS CROSS HOSPITAL A&E

01/09/2020

YES

NO

0

0

379

CHINGFORD STATION

YARDLEY LANE ESTATE

02/09/2020

YES

NO

0

0

397

SALISBURY HALL SAINSBURYS

THE BROADWAY

01/09/2020

NO

NO

2

1

444

TURNPIKE LANE BUS STATION

CHINGFORD STATION

02/09/2020

NO

YES

2

0

W11

CHINGFORD HALL ESTATE

WALTHAMSTOW BUS STATION

02/09/2020

YES

NO

0

0

W13

LEYTONSTONE STATION

ST THOMAS OF CANTERBURY CHURCH

01/09/2020

YES

YES

0

0

W15

WILLIAM MORRIS SCHOOL

HACKNEY TOWN HALL

02/09/2020

YES

NO

0

0

W16

CHINGFORD MOUNT

LEYTONSTONE STATION/ GROVE GREEN ROAD

02/09/2020

NO

YES

1

0

W19

STAFFA ROAD

HAINAULT STREET

01/09/2020

YES

YES

0

0

 

 

*Please note TfL are still procuring further buses to be used in September so this may change so we will continue to share any updates we receive with you and you can also view the changes here 

Will the TfL ZIP Card (free travel for under 18’s) be available in September?

Yes – the ZIP card will continue to allow free travel in September. The 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard scheme is being reviewed due to the coronavirus pandemic. There may be changes to free bus and tram travel in the near future, and once more information has been shared with us we will share with you. More information can be found here 

How were the bus routes to receive more buses and pupil priority buses selected?

TfL have analysed bus usage and route frequency during term time pre-Covid and based their selection on this monitoring.

Why have some routes had additional buses/pupil priority buses been added in the AM peak and not the PM peak?

The school AM peak is inline with the general AM peak (people travelling to work) whereas the school PM peak is earlier than the general PM peak (5pm-7pm).

What is the capacity of a bus in London currently?

The regular double decker buses running have a capacity of 30, however the pupil priority buses will have a capacity of 60. Similarly the regular single decker buses  have a capacity of 15 and the pupil priority buses will have a capacity of 30, following the Government’s guidelines allowing for all seats to be occupied on dedicated school services.

Can staff use the pupil priority buses?

The routes where every other buses will be prioritised for school pupils will not restrict any adult (including members of the public) wishing to board them. The buses will be clearly marked ‘School Bus’ and TfL hope this will deter adults from using them however drivers will not refuse anyone boarding.  TfL will be strongly encouraging all adult customers, including school staff, not to travel on the ‘school service’ buses and instead wait for the next regular service.

Students from more than one school use the school day only bus routes. Will TfL be providing separate services for these schools to ensure social distancing is maintained, and that the separate ‘bubbles’ created by schools do not mix?  
Where a route serves multiple schools, children from each school should sit together as a group as far as possible or with the same constant group of children each day. Successfully implementing bubbles, even partially, will bring benefits, and it is recognised that schools may need to allow mixing into wider groups in certain circumstances, including on transport. Where staying in bubbles is not possible, other measures such as good hygiene, use of face coverings, isolating when unwell) become even more important. 

Will a timetable of pupil  priority  buses be published?

TfL will not be publishing a timetable of pupil only buses, all buses will continue to be shown online here and will be clearly marked ‘School Bus’ when they arrive at the stop 

Will facemasks have to be worn on pupil priority buses?

Yes.

It is not the driver’s role to police arrangements such as seating plans, queues, the wearing of face coverings or use of hand sanitiser - their role is to focus on driving the vehicle safely. 

If schools feedback that the current arrangements aren’t working will TfL be flexible in amending routes with additional buses or pupil priority buses?

TfL will monitor the bus usage throughout September to ensure the additional buses/pupil priority buses are beneficial, they suggested although the bus network can be flexible once the buses have been procured it would be complex to change the routes receiving additional buses. We will ensure we feedback any comments our Schools have to TfL.

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