Low-cost coach operator megabus has confirmed it will resume services next week following the relaxation of coronavirus travel restrictions.
It will be restarting part of its network from Friday, July 3, after services were suspended in early April. But the number of passengers will be restricted and social distancing measures put in place.
A revised network will restart, serving key towns and cities across England including London, Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Norwich, with connections to many other places.
Additional safety measures have been put in place to make sure that megabus services are Covid-19 secure.
Mark Venables, megabus managing director, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be getting our coaches back on the road from July 3, helping to connect people with friends and family, as well as taking people across the country for staycations and day trips.
“We’ve been carrying out research with our customers and from the overwhelming response we received, we know that people are very keen to get back on board our megabus services as quickly as possible.
“With the extra safety measures we have to make sure that our services are Covid-19 secure, and with customers following all the government guidance in place, people can have confidence in travelling with us.
“Our team of drivers are eager to get back behind the wheel and out on the road and I would like to thank all of our staff and customers for their continued patience, support and resilience.
“The timetable we are putting in place will provide access to key cities and towns right across the country.
“Due to social distancing, there will be reduced capacity on coaches, so we’d urge people to plan ahead and book their journey with us early.”
Covid-19 secure measures on the megabus coach network include:
- Coaches deep-cleaned and with stringent checks in advance of going into service
- Continued daily and in-service cleaning of all coaches with a government-recommended sanitiser, with a particular focus on key touch points, and additional in service cleaning where possible
- Anti-bacterial stations on board all coaches
- Drivers will be provided with extra cleaning supplies to help keep coaches clean during the day
- All drivers will be equipped with face masks, face visors, gloves and individual hand sanitiser for their use
- Increased cleaning regime and filter changing schedules on air conditioning units
- Social distancing measures will be in place on all coaches
- Face coverings must be worn by law on all public transport in England and Scotland, and customers are reminded to wear a face covering on their megabus journey
For more information on megabus journeys or to book a ticket, visit https://uk.megabus.com/