Arriva buses have announced they will be increasing timetabled services across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes from Monday 1st June 2020.
The increase in services following government advice that people in England who are unable to work from home should return to work together with and increased social distancing measures on public transport.
The revised timetables that come into operation on Monday 1st June 2020 can be viewed and downloaded online on the Arriva website at https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/ or by using the Arriva UK Bus App which is free to download from the app store.
In line with government guidance, Arriva is operating new social distancing measures on all of its buses. All Arriva buses will have a revised capacity to help keep passengers and bus travel safe.
Seats within two metres of the driver are taped off, however wheelchair spaces will always remain available. A no standing policy will also be in place. If customers can, they are asked to wear a face-covering when social distancing is not possible. When revised capacities are met, buses will show a ‘bus full’ sign and drivers will only stop to let passengers alight. Where the ‘Bus Full’ sign is displayed:
- The bus will only stop when people want to get off.
- If the bus stops only one passenger will be able to board for every passenger that disembarks.
- Be prepared to wait and please help others by prioritising those who need to travel more urgently than you.
Simon Finnie, Area Managing Director for Arriva, said: ‘At Arriva we are committed to running vital services to support workers and people needing to undertake essential journeys at this time.
Rest assured that during these times of change we are continually monitoring service levels in line with demand and will, wherever we can, adapt our services to meet this.
We urge all those needing to travel to only use public transport if necessary and to check our website at www.arrivabus.co.uk/coronavirus for up-to-date advice and bus times before they travel.
I am extremely proud of all of my colleagues for their efforts in adapting our timetables and providing essential travel to help to keep the country moving as we fight the coronavirus together.‘
*Source of article : Press release from Arriva Midlands.