Rail transportation plays an important role in enabling young people to travel to school or college and Transport for Wales is keen to ensure this continues, in a safe manner.

TfW has introduced new measures to ensure all our passengers can travel safely and within Covid-19 distancing guidance.

In some areas where schools and colleges rely on our services, peak-time trains used to be crowded. With the return to schools in September, we were concerned that students and other rail users wouldn’t be able to sufficiently socially distance on these services. Therefore, TfW has arranged additional road transport to support schools and increase the capacity available to our passengers, so everyone is able to travel safely.

Nearly 70 buses were in operation to support busy rail services for the w/c 7th and 14th September.  Following a review of patronage, this was decreased to 53 for w/c 21st September.  

This additional road transport support is expected to remain in place as per the current arrangements for the time being and will be reviewed weekly to understand usage. 

 Areas affected 


Shrewsbury

  • Shrewsbury Community College
  • Shrewsbury Sixth Form College
  • Use TfW services from across mid Wales and Shropshire
  • Train reinstated and standby buses provide additional capacity


Hereford

  • Hereford 6th Form College
  • Herefordshire Community College
  • Students use TfW services to travel north from Pontypool, Cwmbran and Abergavenny, and travel south from Craven Arms, Ludlow, Leominster. 
  • Standby buses provide additional capacity on these extremely busy services.  Some 500-600 students travel into Hereford for studies and so the buses are well patronised currently, to ensure the trains are not over capacity. 

Bangor

  • Ysgol Friars/Coleg Menai
  • Students use TfW services from across Anglesey and the North Wales Coast
  • Standby bus and minibuses provide additional capacity and enable travel from the stations that we are currently not able to call at by train (for Covid safety reasons). 

Bridgend

  • Bridgend College
  • Students use TfW service from Maesteg
  • Buses were scheduled to provide additional capacity but they were not required as Bridgend college is hosting (mostly) online learning

Harlech

  • Ysgol Ardudwy
  • Students use TfW service from Barmouth and from Pwllheli
  • Standby buses provide additional capacity

Cardiff

  • Bishop of Llandaff School 
  • Cantonian High School
  • Students use TfW City Line services to Fairwater
  • Scheduled buses provide additional capacity. 

Treorchy

  • Treorchy High School  
  • Students use TfW services north from Porth
  • Additional trains are being operated alongside standby buses to  provide extra space for students, if required.

Tywyn

  • Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn
  • Students use TfW services to Tywyn from Machynlleth and Barmouth
  • Standby buses provide additional capacity. 

For information on any of these services, please contact us at transport.relations@tfw.wales

TfW has introduced new measures to ensure all our passengers can travel safely and within Covid-19 distancing guidance.

In some areas where schools and colleges rely on our services, peak-time trains used to be crowded. With the return to schools in September, we were concerned that students and other rail users wouldn’t be able to sufficiently socially distance on these services. Therefore, TfW has arranged additional road transport to support schools and increase the capacity available to our passengers, so everyone is able to travel safely.

Nearly 70 buses were in operation to support busy rail services for the w/c 7th and 14th September.  Following a review of patronage, this was decreased to 53 for w/c 21st September.  

This additional road transport support is expected to remain in place as per the current arrangements for the time being and will be reviewed weekly to understand usage. 

 Areas affected 


Shrewsbury

  • Shrewsbury Community College
  • Shrewsbury Sixth Form College
  • Use TfW services from across mid Wales and Shropshire
  • Train reinstated and standby buses provide additional capacity


Hereford

  • Hereford 6th Form College
  • Herefordshire Community College
  • Students use TfW services to travel north from Pontypool, Cwmbran and Abergavenny, and travel south from Craven Arms, Ludlow, Leominster. 
  • Standby buses provide additional capacity on these extremely busy services.  Some 500-600 students travel into Hereford for studies and so the buses are well patronised currently, to ensure the trains are not over capacity. 

Bangor

  • Ysgol Friars/Coleg Menai
  • Students use TfW services from across Anglesey and the North Wales Coast
  • Standby bus and minibuses provide additional capacity and enable travel from the stations that we are currently not able to call at by train (for Covid safety reasons). 

Bridgend

  • Bridgend College
  • Students use TfW service from Maesteg
  • Buses were scheduled to provide additional capacity but they were not required as Bridgend college is hosting (mostly) online learning

Harlech

  • Ysgol Ardudwy
  • Students use TfW service from Barmouth and from Pwllheli
  • Standby buses provide additional capacity

Cardiff

  • Bishop of Llandaff School 
  • Cantonian High School
  • Students use TfW City Line services to Fairwater
  • Scheduled buses provide additional capacity. 

Treorchy

  • Treorchy High School  
  • Students use TfW services north from Porth
  • Additional trains are being operated alongside standby buses to  provide extra space for students, if required.

Tywyn

  • Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn
  • Students use TfW services to Tywyn from Machynlleth and Barmouth
  • Standby buses provide additional capacity. 

For information on any of these services, please contact us at transport.relations@tfw.wales