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27 Mar 2020
Stagecoach Manchester has provided an update on further changes being made to its timetables in response to government advice on avoiding non-essential travel.
Further revised timetables will be in place from Saturday 28 March 2020 and are now available at stagecoachbus.com/MCRcovid19. These special temporary timetables, which will operate across the region until further notice, are continuing to be revised to ensure that critical routes are maintained wherever possible.
Elisabeth Tasker, Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester said: “We continue to play a crucial role in ensuring that key workers, such as NHS staff and the people vital to the food supply chain, can get into work.
“We have tried hard with our special temporary timetables to ensure that we are continuing to serve critical routes. If our customers feel we haven’t got things quite right, then we’d really like to receive any comments through our dedicated feedback form which can be found at www.stagecoachbus.com/coronavirus.
“I’m extremely proud of the way in way our team in Greater Manchester is pulling together to ensure that we can continue to deliver our services. They are key workers too and I would like to thank them for their continued support and resilience in these challenging times.”
In addition to enhanced cleaning regimes, Stagecoach has taken extensive action to protect the safety of its customers and staff with a number of additional measures in place. Contactless payments are being encouraged wherever possible and social distancing guidelines are being displayed on buses. In partnership with local authorities, Stagecoach Manchester is accepting the use of free concessionary travel passes before the normal 09.30 threshold to enable elderly customers to make use of dedicated shopping hours in place at many supermarkets.
The bus and coach industry is continuing to engage with government on the additional support measures urgently needed to help keep vital public transport links running at this time, and also to protect them for the long term.
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