Stagecoach to increase bus services across Warwickshire

Emergency bus timetables were introduced in March to help key workers get to and from work and for other essential journeys

Stagecoach Midlands has announced that it will be increasing bus service levels across Warwickshire.

Emergency bus timetables were introduced in March to help key workers get to and from work and for other essential journeys.

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Following the announcement by the UK Government of a new bus, tram and light rail restart programme, Stagecoach has confirmed that timetables will be increased from June 1 as more people return to work and other parts of daily life re-open.

Stagecoach will be extending timetables across Warwickshire. Photo by Stagecoach

Stagecoach says that it has put in place extensive enhanced measures to keep buses clean and safe so passengers can feel confident about using them.

It also said that there is an enhanced cleaning regime which means buses are cleaned daily, with a particular focus on key touch points, and additional in service cleaning where possible.

They also said that engineers and drivers are returning to work to ensure the bus fleet is ready and that buses which have been parked up during recent weeks will all be deep-cleaned and will checked.

In line with government advice, Stagecoach is encouraging passengers to wear a face covering and social distancing measures are in place on all bus services.

This means that each bus has around 20 per cent of normal passenger capacity.

Mark Whitelocks, managing director of Stagecoach Midlands said: “We are hugely proud of the fantastic efforts of all of our employees in recent months.

"Our own key workers have made a huge contribution to the national effort and we’d like to thank every one of them and our customers for their support

"Buses are going to continue to play a crucial role in the country’s recovery ahead.

"As well as helping restart our economy, they are vital in bringing normality back to many areas of our daily lives.

"They keep families and communities connected and have a major role in delivering a safer, cleaner and healthier country.

“The Stagecoach team are proud to serve our communities in Warwickshire and we are delighted to be stepping up our services from 1 June.

"It means we can provide significantly more regular services and more capacity overall as people start to return to their everyday lives.

"We will continue to work with government and local authorities to ensure we can target services where they are needed most.

“The safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority.

"With the extensive measures we have taken and the support of our passengers, they can be confident our buses will be clean, safe and ready to go."

To review the revised timetables starting on June 1 go to: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/midlands/government-coronavirus-measures--changes-to-bus-services-warksStagecoach has also issued a ten-point guide to help people understand the measures in place.