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Commuters urged to walk or cycle to work as schools prepare to reopen


By Ali Morrison

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Commuters are being urged to consider walking or cycling as schools reopen.
Commuters are being urged to consider walking or cycling as schools reopen.

A new campaign has been launched encouraging commuters to consider active travel options and plan their journeys as schools in Scotland get set to reopen.

Extra pressure is expected to be put on the transport network as more people look to return to their workplaces with the return of pupils to classrooms.

The Travel Safe campaign, launched by Transport Scotland, encourages commuters to walk, wheel or cycle instead of using public transport and to travel outside peak times, or continue to work from home if possible.

People needing to use public transport will be encouraged to make use of live information from the network to help plan their journeys.

Douglas Cairns, of Transport Scotland, said while it was welcome news that schools were reopening, it would put pressure on the road network and public transport system as physical distancing rules were still in place.

"The Travel Safe campaign is asking commuters to help us keep Scotland moving by only travelling if you need to, and working from home if you can," he said.

"If you do need to travel please walk, wheel or cycle wherever possible.

"You could also look to make your journey outside of the peak times."

Up-to-date travel information is available on Traffic Scotland, and on the Traffic Scotland Twitter page, allowing people to plan ahead and check their route before setting off.

Travel advice is also available on www.transport.gov.scot/schoolstravel

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