Travelling to school in Lancashire

There are many ways students can travel to school. In the first instance, we encourage all students to walk, cycle or scoot to school if they can and if they live a short distance (2 miles or less) from their school or further education college. This will help to reduce pressure on the public transport network for those who need it most. If students aren’t able to walk, cycle or scoot, they can use public transport or drive to get to their school or college.

Information and advice on travelling at peak times

We want you to keep on travelling safely. Unnecessary risks such as overcrowding should be minimised.  If you need to travel during peak times, whether it is for work, school or college, it's important to plan your journeys ahead of time and help minimise congestion.  Here is some information and advice to help you keep yourselves and others safe.

Walk, cycle or scoot where you can

It is estimated that around half of pupils live within 2 miles of their school and, wherever they can, families are being asked to consider walking, cycling and scooting.

The current Switch to Cycling campaign is looking to build on an increase in people cycling during lockdown with lots of helpful information and advice for anyone thinking of cycling.

Minimising risk of transmission of COVID-19 when travelling to school

There is a lot of general advice on the government's coronavirus webpages about how to travel safely. 

However, there are a few things parents and pupils can think about when travelling to and from schools and colleges.

Public transport

If you and your child rely on public transport to get to their nursery, childminder, school or college, the government's safer travel guidance for passengers gives information about travelling safely and tips for journey planning.

If students are using public transport, they should continue to follow government guidelines to ensure they can travel safely on the network. They should plan their journey in advance and allow more time to get to their school or college.

Dedicated school transport

Lancashire County Council is providing School Bus Services in line with the Covid-19 guidance set out by the Department for Education. This government guidance highlights the distinction between dedicated school transport and wider public transport:

  • by dedicated school transport, we mean services that are used only to carry pupils to school. These services are predominately contracted by the county council but may also include some commercial travel routes which carry school pupils only.
  • by wider public transport services, we mean routes which are also used by the general public.

Find more information about travelling on school buses.

Face Coverings

Government expects and recommends that face coverings are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces including on public transport and dedicated school transport for those 11 years and over. The county council would like to reiterate this and strongly advise that children and young people aged 11 and over should continue to wear a face covering when travelling to secondary school or college if they are able to do so.