Commuter ban on some rush-hour buses to give schoolchildren priority

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Commuters will be banned from boarding every other bus on some busy rush-hour routes in London to give schoolchildren priority.

Adult passengers are being warned to expect a longer wait at bus stops when the new measures are introduced next month.

Pupils and students in London made around 1.5m bus journeys every day before lockdown. The new school term will be a major test for transport bosses.

More than 200 additional school buses will also operate on some quieter routes. Social distancing rules will be waived to allow more seats to be used.

Some streets will be closed to cars to stop the 'school run' in a bid to encourage more pupils to walk, cycle or use scooters.

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