Nottingham City Transport has announced it will be postponing its planned fare rise and changing frequency of services in Gedling borough due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Fare rises were to have taken effect from March 29. The bus firm now say all on-bus, Easyrider, Robin Hood and NCTX Buses app prices will remain unchanged until further notice.
Bus Service levels in the borough will now also be reduced from later this month.
A spokesman said: “As employee availability reduces due to COVID-19, NCT is no longer able to continue running a full timetable. The number of people travelling has also reduced as people follow government advice and avoid non-essential use of public transport.
“We recognise however that some people still need to travel and customers and employers need certainty from NCT on what services can realistically be provided.”
From Sunday, March 29, 2020 the following changes will be introduced…
A normal Sunday timetable will operate on Sundays.
NCT will operate a Saturday timetable on all routes on Mondays to Saturdays, with the exception of Navy 49 which will operate a normal weekday timetable.
There will be no NightBus services on any night of the week, which reflects the significant drop in evening usage as people are advised by the government not to attend social gatherings and pubs.
From Sunday 5th April 2020 Onwards…
NCT will review staff availability on a regular basis and will publicly announce each Friday lunchtime the level of service it can operate for the next working week, i.e. from a week on Monday after the announcement.
Announcing the changes, David Astill, NCT Commercial and Operations Director said, “In these difficult times, we’d like to publicly thank our employees for their dedication in enabling services to continue running and providing transport for the many people who still need to travel. By confirming the level of service we can deliver on a weekly basis, we are able to respond to our own employee availability and give confidence to customers of the service they can expect”.
Full details are available at www.nctx.co.uk