NATIONAL Express bus services in Coventry are being expanded as lockdown rules ease – adding around 11,000 more seats each day to make it easier for travellers to practice safe social distancing.
National Express Coventry is increasing its 3/3A, 5, 7, 10A, 13, 16 and 21 services from Sunday (July 5).
The bus company is expanding services where demand is increasing, and will continue to monitor passenger numbers and make further changes where needed.
National Express also has a team of buses and drivers on ‘sweeper’ duty every day, ready to react to reports of buses or bus stops getting busy.
Chris Gibbens, commercial director at National Express UK Bus, said: “If you’ve not been on the buses for a while, you will see some changes that we’ve brought in to keep everyone safe.
“We continue to ask customers to work with us by following government guidance, which says passengers must wear face coverings on public transport. Some people do not need to wear a face covering – children under 11, and people with certain health and non-visible conditions, so drivers will be exercising reasonable discretion when applying this new rule.
“We have enhanced our cleaning regimes to reduce the risk of contact with the coronavirus, including extra cleaning of shared surface areas. And our cleaning teams are jumping on buses at bus stations, key interchanges and stops to wipe down mid-route.
“Our buses are also being deep cleaned every night by ‘fogging’ – an aerosol-based disinfection containing a high-performance antiviral solution that settles in the hard-to-reach areas.”
National Express Coventry has been working with Transport for West Midlands to tailor its services as needed.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “National Express have done a great job managing demand throughout the pandemic, and I am pleased to see more services returning as the lockdown restrictions continue to ease.
“Public transport use is still currently only advised for essential journeys, but I know transport operators all across the West Midlands have done everything they can to make buses, trains, and trams safe.
“For those who are travelling, please follow the government guidance, particularly around the use of face coverings.”
Visit https://nxbus.co.uk/coventry for the latest National Express Coventry bus timetables, and https://nxbus.co.uk/coventry/news/stay-safe-when-travelling-with-us-2020-05-22 for more information on how to stay safe on buses.
Visit www.wmnetwork.co.uk/plan-your-journey/network-overview for information on other bus operators and local rail services.