Bus services in Gedling borough will return to pre-covid-19 timetables from Sunday, June 28.
Nottingham City Transport (NCT) have said the frequency of buses throughout the borough will significantly increase, providing maximum capacity for people to be able to space out when they travel.
NCT also confirmed its NightBus routes will not be returning on this date.
Since lockdown was introduced on 23rd March, the number of people using NCT buses has fallen by 90%. The government is providing financial support to bus operators to enhance their services whilst passenger numbers increase as the lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
Announcing the changes, David Astill NCT Commercial and Operations Director said, “With restrictions being gradually relaxed and the government providing financial support to bus operators over the next few months, we are now able to return our services to normal from 28th June”.
He continued, “Customers returning to our services can travel safely by following the Safer Travel Guidance for Customers. This includes boarding one at a time, sitting in a window seat, washing or sanitising their hands regularly and by following the mandatory requirement to wear a facial covering on public transport from 15th June”.
NCT has also consulted with its recognised Unite the Union representatives. All Nottingham City Transport staff are being issued with updated guidance to enable them to keep safe in the work environment.
Customers must familiarise themselves with the Safer Travel Guidance at nctx.co.uk and can make use of NCT’s recently launched online “Capacity Checker” to see how quiet or busy their bus may be. This enables customers to plan ahead and avoid travelling at busy times.
NCT services 1, 26 and 49 will continue to operate as “exact fare only” like all other NCT services, with no change available from the driver.