trentbarton’s bus services are almost fully back to timetables last provided before the emerging coronavirus forced the first national lockdown in March 2020.
Only some night time and Sunday services are still operating on a reduced timetable. Non-essential retail and outdoor eating and drinking are driving customer numbers up, as is a return to education and work by people who had been learning or working at home.
Customer numbers have gradually risen in past weeks but are still substantially down on pre-Covid, so on most journeys there is plenty of space on board for customers to socially distance. trentbarton’s website has information on the quietest times of day to travel.
Jeff Counsell, trentbarton managing director, said: “Whether it’s going back to the shops, eating out, getting a haircut, going back to university or returning to the office, customers are increasingly returning to our services.
“We know customers are reassured by all our hard work to ensure services are Covid-secure and so they are confident in travelling with us.
“We’re grateful customers are following the guidelines on wearing a face covering, using the hand sanitiser on board and paying using the mango app or contactless card or device where possible.
“As further lockdown restrictions are eased along the Government’s roadmap, we are anticipating demand for bus travel to continue to rise. We will be there to help everyone get back to normal.
“Even on those routes which have been slower to bounce back, it’s important that we are providing a pre-Covid level of service so people can travel when they need to and when they want to, and to do so in a safe and Covid-secure way.
“It’s great for our wonderful drivers to welcome back more and more customers and our thanks goes to the entire trentbarton family of staff and customers for all playing their part in keeping everyone safe and connected.”