Stagecoach East Midlands plans for bus timetable ramp up

As England gears up for the next stage of unlocking on 12 April, Stagecoach East Midlands has announced that its bus services will be returning to over 97% of pre-pandemic levels to support the re-opening of many more leisure and hospitality facilities.

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Stagecoach has worked with local authorities in towns and cities across the East Midlands to agree increased timetables to support the local demand expected with changes in place by either Monday 12 or Monday 19 April.

Full details of the new timetables can be found at www.stagecoachbus.com

Stagecoach is also taking the opportunity to thank people for their continued co-operation in following all the guidelines in place.

In line with the advice from the country’s health advisors, all people travelling on public transport will need to continue to follow the legal rules around wearing face coverings for the full duration of the journey, washing/sanitising hands before and after travel and maintaining social distancing.

It is also reminding customers not to close any open windows to help with natural ventilation and take their litter away when leaving the bus.

Other Covid-19 secure measures put in place by Stagecoach include the Busy Bus app to help customers travel at quieter times, encouraging people to pay by contactless or through the app to reduce cash handling, social distancing measures in place with a reduced number of seats available, regular touchpoint cleaning as well as fitting anti-virus air filters to buses in the fleet.

Matt Cranwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We are working hard to support the reopening of our high streets and help people re-connect with loved ones and the things they enjoy doing across the East Midlands.

“Our buses will continue to play a crucial role in this next stage of unlocking in England. Passengers safety has always been our number one priority and we are increasing our service provision to ensure social distancing is maintained on our bus routes.

“We also continue to implement a stringent cleaning regime and encourage contactless payments on our buses. 

“I am so grateful to our fantastic team of drivers, engineers, cleaners, managers and support teams for their continued hard work and dedication.

“All of our services are fully Covid secure with extra measures in place to help people feel fully confident as they return to public transport.”

For more information about Stagecoach bus services, visit www.stagecoachbus.com