Claire Walters, Chief Executive, Bus Users, said:
Encouraging pupils to use sustainable methods of transport will improve their health and wellbeing, and reduce congestion and pollution for everyone. Bus and coach operators have been working tirelessly to ensure their vehicles are safe to use so it's time to get back on board."
Jools Townsend, chief executive, Community Rail Network, said:
“Enabling all children to get to school through sustainable, healthy means couldn’t be more important, for the sake of our children’s wellbeing and future, our communities and our climate. We and our members work hard within communities to enable children, young people and families to access sustainable travel by rail, so we see the difference it makes. We’re pleased to be working with partners and government to develop sustainable travel for all as part of a green, inclusive recovery.”
Jenni Wiggle, Interim Chief Executive, Living Streets said:
“Not only will walking, cycling or scooting to school help children and their families stay fit and healthy, it will also prevent roads from becoming gridlocked as journey numbers increase. Walking to school is a positive thing many of us can do to ensure roads around schools aren’t overwhelmed with cars and air pollution, protecting the one in five people in the UK who currently lives with a lung condition.
"Local authorities should be doing all that is in their power to introduce measures such as School Streets, 20mph limits and behaviour change schemes, to make it easier for families to choose cleaner ways to travel.”
Xavier Brice, CEO for Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, which works with local authorities to implement school streets, where streets are open to families walking and cycling and closed to cars, said:
“As we begin to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, it’s vital that as many pupils as possible are able to walk and cycle to school through the creation of dedicated routes, and removing cars from around the school gates. We are therefore calling on local authorities across the UK to work with schools and families to make active travel the safest and most appealing option for everyone.”
Bill Freeman, Chief Executive of the Community Transport Association, said:
“With schools opening up after five months, an opportunity exists to make long-lasting and sustainable change in how children access home to school transport.
"Community Transport continues to play an important role in ensuring children and young people travel in a sustainable way. Alongside our members we are committed to reducing congestion, lowering emissions and helping people build better communities.”
Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"Public and school transport, walking and cycling, with the right support, can enable children to travel sustainably and prevent a harmful rise in air pollution around schools, which nobody wants. The Government and local authorities should act quickly, together with schools, to address any issues preventing a sustainable return to education."