Bus operators have brought service levels back up to 80% from the end of May, having reduced service frequency since March due to a fall in passenger numbers. This will be regularly reviewed.
The bus companies are ensuring social distancing is taking place throughout their depots,bus stations and offices.
At the bus station in Swindon, Stagecoach have applied notices at every bay, reminding people to
- only travel if their journey is necessary and
- practice social distancing when queuing for the bus
They have also put hazard tape on the ground at two meter intervals at each bay to encourage people to leave a two meter gap between themselves and others.
On their vehicles, they are protecting their drivers with a fitted protection screen. They have also filled in the holes on the screen for further protection. They are asking passengers to observe social distancing and have taped off some seats, including the seat directly behind the driver.
They are also strongly encouraging passengers to use prepaid tickets and pay via contactless.
Cleaning schedules have changed to address the virus issue.