Travel guidance for schools

We need schools to help us enable social distancing on the transport network wherever possible, by enabling and encouraging children and parents/carers to walk, cycle or scoot to school. This will help make space for people who have to use public transport.

On this page you can find advice and resources to help with schools' work to re-open from a travel perspective. Keep checking back on this page as the situation develops - we will update it over the summer holiday.

Planning for September

  • If many of your students come to school by bus, consider staggering your start and finish times to take the pressure off peak travel times across London (05:45 - 08:15 and 16:00 - 17:30). This is particularly the case in outer London because schools have many different classroom groups and large catchment areas so bus demand is highest
  • Primary schools - stagger overlaps with secondary school children to help take the pressure off peak travel times (05:45 - 08:15 and 16:00 - 17:30)
  • Check the Government's official guidance for more details
  • For general travel advice, visit our dedicated coronavirus webpages

Streetspace for London

Along with London's boroughs and the City of London, we are creating more space for people to safely walk or cycle as our city emerges from the coronavirus lockdown. Temporary cycle lanes and wider pavements are among the changes we're making. Please encourage parents, carers and students to use local Streetspace for London schemes when travelling to school.


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.

For more travel information for children getting ready to start secondary school in September, watch this video.

Additional resources

See our resources to help enable and encourage children and parents to walk, cycle or scoot to and from school. These A3 posters can be printed out and displayed on school property.

You can also download suggested wording for newsletters and social media.