School Buses

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


Is TfL willing to consider funding school buses if these emerge from the school travel plan process in areas of outer London with low public transport accessibility?


Answer for School Buses

Answer for School Buses

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

The bus network serves all parts of London and is used by large numbers of children to travel to school. Extra capacity is provided on a number of routes to cater for the demand at school times. There are also nearly 100 special schoolday-only services where patterns of demand have been identified that are not easily met by the main bus network. These services are used primarily by secondary school students, whose journeys tend to be longer than those of younger children. If demand changes then the pattern of services will adapt accordingly, as the bus network is kept under ongoing review. For primary schools the general picture is a little different. Nearly 80% of pupils travel less than 2 km and schemes to promote walking. In these circumstances schemes to encourage walking and cycling alternatives are a more effective policy in encouraging fewer trips by car.

Apart from providing the bus network (on which children travel free), TfL provides the funding for walking and cycling schemes and overall co-ordination of the travel planning process. However, TfL does not fund special school buses.

I am sure that the School Travel Plan Co-ordinators in each Borough will liaise with their contacts in TfL so that the most appropriate responses are devised for each transport issue identified in the travel planning process. And of course, schools and others are very welcome to contact London Buses if they have suggestions for ways in which the TfL bus network can better cater for their students and staff.