Bus travel

Social distancing guidance issued for bus passengers

Guidance has been published on how bus passengers can protect themselves from coronavirus.

Arriva Midlands said people should sit next to windows on its buses, leave a row empty in between passengers and face away from others.

The operator added there would be no standing on its services and drivers would put up a "bus full" notice when services reached capacity.

It is hoped the measures will help protect both customers and staff, the company says on Twitter:

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Bus services in Coventry and Warwickshire to increase

Bus services across Coventry and Warwickshire are set to increase from the end of the month.

National Express Coventry says it hopes to return three quarters of its services to pre-lockdown levels by 31 May.

In Warwickshire, this will include the number 11, 16 and 20 services with a full timetable and details available online.

People using the services should only travel if it's essential, wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing measures, National Express says.

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Bus and train bosses give travel advice

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One of the tendered bus companies that runs routes throughout Plymouth and Cornwall is to continue to provide a service for key workers and those who could not work from home, bosses say.

Since the lockdown, Plymouth Citybus has run a reduced service on many routes and has advised passengers to check before travelling.

To ensure social distancing rules the company has provided double-deckers on busier routes, implemented additional cleaning measures and cordoned off their drivers.

In the meantime, Great Western Railway (GWR) said it was encouraging all passengers using the trains in Devon and Cornwall to follow government advice and avoid travel by train unless they had no other option.

The train operator said this advice was helping it to prioritise its services for those who needed to make essential journeys in light of the easing of lockdown announcement made by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, where he said people who could not work from home should return to the workplace - but avoid public transport.

Buses issue new guidance for passengers

Arriva North East is supporting government guidance and is asking customers to please follow the steps below.

It's also asking passengers to use non-cash payment methods including paying by contactless or the m-ticket app, to protect its drivers and customers.

It says drivers will only accept cash in exceptional circumstances and with exact fares only as they can no longer provide change.

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