NATIONAL Express Coventry says it is increasing the number of buses on its services from later this week.
The changes come into effect from May 31 and customers are advised to check for any revised timetables before they travel.
The bus operator says it is bringing services back up to three quarters of pre-coronavirus levels after prime minister Boris Johnson encouraged more people to return to work if they could not work from home.
It says the new schedules mean there are 21,000 more seats available across the bus network each day, and buses will be arriving more frequently.
Chris Gibbens, Commercial Director National Express, said:
“Putting more buses out on our routes will mean more room on each bus so our customers can safely practise social distancing. Wherever we can, we are using double decker buses to make more space on board.
“In this ‘new normal’, we are asking people travelling to please stay apart to stay safe. Customers should follow government guidance on staying safe outside their home, including avoiding peak travel times where possible, wearing a face covering and bringing hand sanitiser with them to use.
“National Express Coventry will continue to carefully monitor passenger numbers and adjust services accordingly to meet our customers’ needs.”
The exact times of some first and last buses will be slightly different under the new timetables, the firm said.
The 4A and the 13A will be running again.
And there are changes to the following routes:
● 20 – During lockdown, the National Express Coventry bus did not go to Bayton Road industrial estate. After 31 May 2020, there will be a peak-hour service every 30 minutes Monday-Friday.
● 20C – After 31 May 2020, the route is changing so that Lentons Lane gets a direct link to Coventry city centre