Message from Transport for London

A message from Transport for London

“Helping London’s teaching professionals, parents and guardians, children and young people travel safely back to school, as part of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, is our priority. To enable social distancing of 2 metres, public transport will have severely reduced capacity, even when 100 per cent of services are operating fully. This means public transport should be avoided wherever possible to free up the limited space available to those who have no alternative way to travel, and that those who can should walk or cycle instead. It is crucial that we act now to enable social distancing outside school gates and on London’s roads by making walking and cycling part of everyday travel plans for schools.  We would therefore appreciate your support in giving careful consideration to the following guidance …

  • Parents and pupils should walk, cycle or scoot to school, wherever possible
  • Introduce appropriate social distancing measures outside school gates
  • Staggering the start of the school day and collection times to help reduce pressure at peak travel times (05:45-08:15 and 16:00-17:30)
  • Continue to support  the STARS programme at Woodcroft. STARS is TfL’s community project to inspire young Londoners at over 1,500 schools, nurseries and colleges to travel sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. Woodcroft is a GOLD Level STARS School. Find more information at:

Note 22/5/20: There will also be temporary changes to travel for under 18s in London, as required by the Government as part of the funding deal agreed last week. TfL are still finalising the details and once agreed, Will be fully communicating this to customers before they are implemented.

For further information.

Ami Ibitson | Engagement Officer | West London Team

Local Communities & Partnerships | Transport for London

Mail:        Yellow Zone, Floor 9, Endeavour Square, Stratford, London, E20 1JN