As parents and children get back into the rhythm of the school run, Merseytravel are increasing the number of school buses.
Families are being encouraged to rethink how they travel to school and encouraging walking or cycling where possible to help leave public transport available for those who live further away from their school.
To support this and to enable as many people as possible who need to use public transport, Merseytravel have added a number of dedicated school buses, which are only available for school children to use.
School dedicated services are identified by an “S” before the service number, and do not have capacity restrictions which other services have, in line with government guidance. For more information on these buses, please visit the Merseytravel website.
If you're using public transport then, Merseytravel have shared their top tips to make sure you are prepared for the journey ahead:
Plan your journey
Use the journey planner and check the timetables online before and on your day of travel and be prepared for changes.
Check the travel updates to stay on top of the latest travel news.
Bring a face covering
Face coverings are mandatory for passengers on public transport (for children aged 11 and over) and at all enclosed areas of transport hubs including all rail stations, ferry terminals and Merseytravel Centres.
You can read the government information and check out Merseytravel’s Face Covering FAQs to find out more information including how to make your own face coverings at home and whether you are exempt due to a medical condition.
Pack your ticket/ pass/ card
Where possible pay by contactless or buy pre-paid tickets – Merseytravel’s young people’s bus Solo and Term Time Tickets are now available on MetroSmart card. If paying by cash, try to have the exact fare.
Allow extra time
Services may be busy and to maintain social distancing bus, rail and ferry services have limited space so less people will be able to use the transport. Your journey may take longer so accounting for this will help ensure you can still get to school on time.
Try to travel with the same group
Where this is possible, travelling with the same people will help with social distancing.
Families should not travel if anyone in the household or bubble has coronavirus or is showing COVID-19 symptoms or if they have been told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace.
Merseytravel will continue to monitor the capacity and usage of our public transport services to ensure that all who need to can access public transport safely.
Due to restrictions on the maximum occupancy any buses displaying a “Bus Full” message will not stop to collect further passengers until space becomes available.