School Buses

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


What is your current view on school buses, and have TfL done any serious work into the feasibility of a school bus scheme?


Answer for School Buses

Answer for School Buses

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

Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

We recognise the importance of providing bus services to take children to school; indeed the bus network is already used by large numbers of school children.  Extra capacity is provided on a number of routes to cater for 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.  The bus network is used primarily by secondary school students, whose journeys tend to be longer than those of younger children.  Nearly 80% of Primary school pupils travel less than 2 km to school.  In these circumstances, schemes to encourage walking and cycling alternatives are a more effective policy in encouraging fewer trips by car.

TfL does a great deal of work into determining what changes should be made to the network, and the bus network is kept under ongoing review.  If demand changes then the pattern of services will adapt accordingly.