TfL announces reduced services due to coronavirus Apr 13, 2021 13:22:46 GMT
Post by thelondonthing on Apr 13, 2021 13:22:46 GMT
Apr 13, 2021 12:39:06 GMT @busenthusiast56 said:
TfL did provide schools with information to promote the enhanced school services, including a dedicated 'Travel guidance for schools' hub, as well as resources such as the STARS Safer Journey Planner (over half of London's schools have signed up to the STARS programme so far).
It's the responsibility of schools and local authorities to communicate with students and parents directly to ensure that they are provided with essential and timely information about travelling to and from school safely (this was the case when I was at school over two decades ago, and it remains so today). And as you acknowledged, it was indeed for "schools to pass on information to students", so if that didn't happen, it was a failure on the part of individual schools, as the information was clearly made available by TfL for them to do so.
I think it's unfair to criticise TfL for not simply providing a blanket London-wide email that every school could lazily forward on to students. This would be far less useful than a school distilling the information down into the most relevant details for their students (e.g. "buses X and Y will run extra school services past our front gate" etc), rather than simply passing on a generic email with potentially extraneous details, and a list of hundreds of bus routes through which students with short attention spans would be expected to search for 'their' route.
TfL additionally provided press releases that were made available to news media across the capital, including local newspapers and online news publishers. Details of school services were subsequently published on major outlets such as BBC News, local news services, and community sites.
On top of that, the TfL website prominently featured links to information on additional school services, and TfL also placed posters on some buses, bus shelters and bus stations.
Perhaps more could have been done, or done better, but it's entirely wrong to say that TfL "did nothing" to promote the school extras.