Using public transport can give you a lot more flexibility and control over your time. But you need to be sure you can make the journey safely.
The most obvious thing to think about is planning what form of public transport is most convenient for you, and which will get you to your destination on time.
Enter your postcode into www.upmystreet.com to find out the bus or train station nearest to you. You could also contact your local bus company to find out where your nearest stop is.
Things to consider when you are choosing which form of public transport to use are:
How easy it is to get to the nearest station or stop.
How much each will cost.
How close it will get you to your final destination.
If you need to make a connection:
If you need to catch more than one vehicle to reach your destination, make sure you leave enough time for the first to be delayed slightly but still catch the second, particularly if you are travelling during rush hour periods or on an evening when services are less frequent.
If you think there is any chance you will miss the connection, have a back up plan such as making sure you have enough money for a taxi or think about who you would be able to ring for a lift.
Also, think about how you are going to get to the station or stop. If you plan on walking, don’t walk alone unless someone knows what you are doing and try not to walk anywhere alone in the dark.
If you ever have to wait for a connection, don’t wait on your own. Try and stay in busy areas of a station not on a quiet platform or outside the bus station, especially if it’s dark.
Getting on the right side of the track
If you are catching a train you need to make sure you are on the right side of the track to catch the train going in your direction. Parents, carers or friends may be able to point out which you need to wait on, but if not, just check the timetable on the platform.
Who can help?
To find your nearest bus or train station you can search by postcode on the upmystreet website at http://www.upmystreet.com/ or have a look on the DirectGov website www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport
For information on public transport of all kinds, including fares and timetables, visit the UK Public Transport Information site at http://www.pti.org.uk/ or have a look on the DirectGov website www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport