Bus strikes planned

Dates: 23, 26 April & 7-8 May. Impact: west and southwest London & parts of Surrey

Travel guidance for schools

Our changes to London's bus network

We're running bus services in a similar way to how we did during the autumn and spring terms. This means:

  • Extra services on some routes, with some adjustments to services that ran last year to reflect demand
  • Up to half of buses on certain higher-frequency routes signed as 'school services' (generally between 07:30 and 09:00 and 14:30 and 16:30) 
  • A full service on our existing schoolday-only routes (routes generally numbered 600-699)

These arrangements will remain in place until at least the summer half term, but we will keep them under review and closely monitor demand for services.

Schoolchildren travelling without adults should use the school services where possible, to help provide space for customers on regular services as demand increases following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

The full details of planned additional services and routes operating with buses signed as a 'school service' are available on our bus changes page.

We are continually reviewing how our network is operating to ensure our approach is working and meeting demand as best as possible. Please check this page regularly for the latest information on school travel.

Safe travel across the public transport network

We are continuing to take a range of measures to ensure that the public transport network is clean and safe - including our enhanced cleaning regime.

We ask everyone travelling to continue following our safer travel guidance to protect themselves and others. It is compulsory for everyone aged 11 and over to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth throughout any public transport journey unless exempt. Bus windows should remain open to ensure a good supply of fresh air, even in cold weather.

If a child aged 11 to 17 isn't wearing a face covering without an exemption or reasonable explanation, our officers may arrange for a warning letter to be sent to their parent or guardian. Further non-compliance could lead to the suspension of their concessionary travel.

How your school can help

  • Consider staggering the start and finish times of your school to help us manage demand at the busiest times
  • Encourage pupils to walk, cycle or scoot wherever possible
  • Encourage anyone travelling to your school to check their journey on our TfL Go app or Journey Planner

Use the STARS Safer Journey Planner

Our STARS Safer Journey Planner helps students and parents/carers plan their journeys and provide useful advice on walking, cycling and scooting to school safely.

Participate in STARS

Your school may be participating in STARS. This is TfL's community project to inspire young Londoners at over 1,500 schools, nurseries and colleges to travel sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.

Take part in our online Cycle Skills course

Take our new online Cycle Skills course - aimed at both those cycling for the first time, or those wishing to refresh their skills. Modules include cycle safety for young people as well as tips on getting you and your bike prepared for the road.