As pupils prepare for the new school year, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is urging parents and pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to school where possible.
With pupils starting to return to school next month, TfGM is advising parents and pupils to plan ahead for how they will travel to school.
TfGM is urging parents and pupils to choose active travel as a safer and healthier way for pupils to make shorter journeys.
Parents and pupils are also being advised to look out for new cycling and walking routes that have been put in place across Greater Manchester as part of the #SafeStreetsSaveLives project to make it safer and easier to get about on foot or by bike.
If parents do choose to drive their children to or from school, TfGM is asking parents to switch off their engines while waiting or to park further away from the school in order to reduce air pollution.
Sean Dyball, head of customer engagement at TfGM, said: ‘When schools return this September, parents and pupils need to be fully aware that travel hasn’t returned to normal.
‘Our advice would be to travel on foot or by bike where possible, as this is a safe and healthy way to get to and from school.
‘If you do need to travel to school by public transport, it is available, but you do need to plan ahead, apply for any passes you need now, check timetables in advance and be aware that capacity may be limited.
‘We want all our passengers to be able to travel safely and have worked with operators across Greater Manchester to make this possible with enhanced cleaning regimes, hand sanitising stations, extra services and passenger information and signage.’
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