School journeys and TfL buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2287
Question By: 
Len Duvall
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

I have received a complaint from a regular user of the P4 bus route, a single-deck route serving many residential areas, about buses regularly being full of school parties on days out and other passengers being unable to find a seat or even board a bus at off peak times. The P4 is a popular journey option for schools wishing to visit the Horniman museum in Forest Hill. Clearly, I fully support schools being able to use TfL transport for such purposes, however, it would seem that schools are not aware of the restrictions on the numbers of children using any one bus at one time - that is, ten. What can TfL do to ensure schools are aware of, and abide by these rules, in order that school parties and other passengers can happily co-exist? This is clearly more of a problem on routes using lower capacity vehicles which serve popular venues.

 

Answer

Answer for School journeys and TfL buses

Answer for School journeys and TfL buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL offers free off-peak travel to groups from London schools making trips for educational or cultural purposes through the School Party Travel Scheme (SPTS) across all TfL modes.  The School Party Travel Team do what they can to spread demand, turning down requests if there are already schools travelling at that time. The maximum number of children allowed to travel per ticket is 10 for every 1-2 adults when travelling by bus, but there is no limit to the total number of school children allowed on each bus.

TfL regularly reviews routes to ensure sufficient capacity is provided to meet expected levels of demand, including working with schools to understand travel patterns.