BACK TO SCHOOL BUSES
Following the recent Welsh Government announcement regarding the re-opening of some schools and colleges from 12th April, all school and college journeys will resume, school journeys are maked with the code 'Sch' and college journeys 'Coll'
We'll continue to work with Local Authorities for school and college travel arrangements, please continue to check this page for updates
You can view all our latest timetables here.
Travel Safe tips
We've listed a few travel tips to keep your children safe during their return to school. For full information, including FAQS please visit
FACE COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ON SCHOOL/COLLEGE TRANSPORT
Dedicated School transport is not covered by the current face covering rules on public transport, as it presents a lower risk of spreading the virus than transport that is open to the general public.The Welsh Government has announced that staff and students in secondary schools and colleges in Wales must wear face coverings in all areas outside the classroom and on school transport (unless exempt on medical grounds)
Please note that a child or young person aged 11 or over who is travelling on ordinary public transport will need to wear a face covering unless they are exempt. For more information, see the guidance below
Social distancing on dedicated home to school transport is not required. Pupils should maintain social distancing from others who are not in their household if they are over the age of 11 if possible (social distancing does not apply to children under the age of 11 ). If this is not possible they should avoid physical contact and face away from others.
Seating arrangements will be carefully considered in line with the school transport guidance below:
• the overall risk to children and young people from COVID 19 is low
• school transport carries the same group of pupils on a regular basis, and those pupils may also be together in school
• siblings can sit together
• there will be no face to face seating
• windows will be kept open for ventilation
• contact will be minimised with individuals who are unwell
• all passengers, including the drivers and passenger assistants should wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before boarding transport and when arriving at school or home;
SCHOOL/COLLEGE KIDS TRAVELLING ON ORDINARY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The coronavirus has changed the way we all use public transport and we’re working hard so you can travel as safely as possible.
To help keep everyone as safe as possible, please make sure they follow the guidance below:
• wear a face covering unless you’re exempt
• stay a safe social distance from people outside your household wherever possible
• avoid physical contact and keep the time spent with others within a safe social distance as short as possible
• face away from people outside their household or social bubble
• avoid touching surfaces onboard as much as possible
• avoid eating onboard, if possible
• wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitiser before and after travelling
• If there is a college bus at the time you need to travel you should catch it. This is to enable other passengers to travel on the service vehicles.
Extra cleaning measures continue to be in place, and areas which come into close contact with passengers and staff, such as handles, grab rails, ticket machines and arms rests are regularly cleaned using products that are recommended in line with Welsh Government guidance.
FACE COVERING EXEMPTIONS
If your child/young person over 11 years old or a secondary school pupil is exempt from wearing a face covering on public transport, you can apply for a free journey assistance card to show why they are exempt- just click the link below and show it to the driver
Journey Assistance Cards
HOW WILL I KNOW WHICH BUS TO CATCH?
The timetables will show some times with the codes 'Sch' or 'Coll' above to show if they are school day or college day only journeys.
There will be duplicate buses for School and College services, we'll be displaying where we are going on the destination screens at the front of the bus so you can see us!
The service numbers for school/college buses will mostly have a '9' in front, see timetables below
NANTGARW COLLEGE 932
CROSSKEYS COLLEGE 951
HOW TO PAY?
We have loads of great value online tickets that you can buy in advance which means no hassle on the day! Use our best ticket finder and select if you are a child or young person to see all the prices for your journey
We also sell 1 day and 1 week mobile tickets on the stagecoach app, just show your mobile ticket to the driver
We accept contactless payments and apple pay on all our buses in South Wales
If you only have cash, we only accept exact fare and do not give change. Any change leftover is donated to the NHS Charities together appeal, click below for more info
EXACT FARE POLICY
SCHOOL/COLLEGE PASSES AND MYTRAVELPASS
Please contact your school, college or local authority to find out any school or college bus passes available for your area
If you are between 16-21, you can apply for a free mytravelpass card which gives you up to 33% discount on all buses in Wales. Once you get your card in the post you can buy young person tickets online or on the app & save yourself time & money! Apply by clicking below
WHERE TO SIT?
The seats nearest the driver on dedicated school transport must not be used. The same applies to any tip up seats or seats facing each other, please do not sit on these seats.
For seating advice on ordinary public transport, click the link below
Travel safely across South Wales
CLEANING ON OUR BUSES
You can travel on our services with confidence. We pay special attention to the items you come into contact with - handrails, bells, seats, poles - to make sure they're regularly and thoroughly cleaned.
Check out our video below