Bus services reinstated to support key workers
UPDATE 3.6.20 – New pandemic procedures introduced on First Cymru buses
Public transport company First Cymru has introduced measures across all of its services designed to help keep passengers safe and limit potential exposure to the Covid-19 coronavirus.
With a reduced capacity of 25 per cent to ensure passengers can remain two metres apart, the company is using a mix of vehicles on several of its busiest routes to ensure that key workers can continue to use public transport to travel to and from work.
Windows will be left open to ensure a constant flow of air, and sashes have been placed on seats to indicate where passengers can sit. Eating and drinking is not allowed, and passengers will need to wash their hands or use sanitiser both before and after using a bus service.
Once a bus has reached its 25 per cent capacity, a ‘FULL’ sign will be seen on the front of the vehicle. It will only call at bus stops to allow passengers to exit, and a ‘one-on, one-off’ process will be in place. In line with Welsh Government advice, people are still advised to work from home where possible and only make essential journeys for items such as food or medicine.
With services such as the 63 between Bridgend and Porthcawl increasing to every 30 minutes, a timetable of the latest bus routes covering Bridgend County Borough has been published at the First Cymru website.
Chris Elmore MP and I have been working with the bus companies, along with Rhondda Cynon Taf and Bridgend County Borough Councils to get some bus routes reintroduced for key workers.
This is the second tranche of announcements, and we’ll keep working on other essential routes.
This is not going to be anything more than a much-reduced and Sunday-style Service as we work through the collective emergency response to coronavirus, but we really thank all partners for listening to the communities who need a service, and reintroducing these routes.
Notice from Bridgend County Borough Council: https://www.bridgend.gov.uk/news/bus-service-reinstated-to-support-key-workers/
Notice from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council: https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Newsroom/PressReleases/2020/April/BusservicestobereinstatedbetweenTalbotGreenandBridgend.aspx