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School chilldren wearing face coverings get on a bus during Covid pandemic

Public Transport Information regarding the schools opening to all pupils from 8 March

by Guy Murphy

As schools prepare to welcome back all pupils from Monday 8 March, information has been shared around public transport arrangements.

The bus services that operated in the Autumn term will operate again with effect from 8 March.

Rail services are not expected to recover fully until April / May, however additional services are planned on rail network to support the school return on those routes where there is a demand.

Given this is the start of lockdown measures being eased, it is important to follow the safety advice that has been issued:-

  • Walk or Cycle to school if possible.
  • Remember that children aged 11 and over must wear a face covering on public transport (unless they are exempt).
  • Plan ahead and check timetables for latest information.
  • Leave more time for your journey in case services are busy.
  • Pay by contactless or buy pre-paid tickets if you can – a young people’s bus Solo and Term Time Tickets are now available on MetroSmart cards (www.metro-smart.org.uk/solo-term-time)
  • If paying by cash, try to have the exact fare as drivers are not always giving change.
  • Be mindful of social distancing where possible.
  • Allow passengers to get off before boarding.
  • Some seats on the bus are not in use, please respect this. They will be clearly marked out.
  • Try to travel with the same group of friends each day and where possible sit in the same seats.
  • Be respectful to other passengers and staff.
  • Do not travel if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, or family members are showing symptoms.

Police Community Support Officers are deployed on the transport network offering advice.

Travel operators will be monitoring demand across the transport network and can respond to capacity issues where required.

Merseytravel has been running the “Re-Think Travel” campaign during the pandemic which provides people with important information about public transport services and key advice about how to travel safely. Further information can be found at

www.merseytravel.gov.uk/Coronavirus and on Twitter.