School Buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2003-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Reference: 
2003/1733
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Has TfL had any discussions with Local Education Authorities with a view to developing special school runs using fully accessible yellow buses or has this suggestion been completely ruled out? What discussions have you had with the First bus company about their pilot yellow bus scheme in Runnymede?

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Answer

Answer for School Buses

Answer for School Buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL makes substantial and specific provision for taking children to school and work closely with the boroughs and individual schools to identify school travel needs. TfL does not believe that the 'yellow school bus' concept is appropriate for London. The vehicles cost the same as ordinary buses but are less comfortable and inaccessible, excluding some children from using them. This directly contradicts all the Mayoral, Assembly and TfL policies of equality and accessibility, and would detract from the achievement of making all buses (excluding Routemasters) accessible by the end of 2005. Through Peter Hendy, who led the yellow school bus project for his previous employers, TfL are keeping in touch with progress nationally to ensure that we are aware of any elements that may be suitable for London and represent value for money. .