BACK to school bus changes have been announced — with dedicated Government-funded services for pupils.
Changes will also see the general network reinstated close to pre-pandemic levels, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said.
Schools, colleges and parents have been consulted over the dedicated school buses and coaches to help students and meet rising demand.
SYPTE director of customer services Tim Taylor said: “Our priority is making sure that every child can get to school safely and on time this September.
“We want passengers to be confident they can travel by public transport, safely. But, services will be different while social distancing is still in place, and capacity on buses, trams and trains reduced.”
He added: “We are encouraging all passengers — pupils, families and people returning to work —to plan ahead and think about how and when they travel.
“And to consider active options like walking and cycling, if they can, particularly for short journeys to school.”
Anyone aged 11 or over must wear a face covering on public transport and in stations and interchanges.
New timetables for the general bus network are at travelsouthyorkshire.com/servicechanges and the dedicated school services can be found at travelsouthyorkshire.com/school-buses.
Customers can also get information by calling Traveline on 01709 515151.