Temporary changes to bus services are being introduced by Stagecoach from Saturday 16 January in Cheltenham and Sunday 24 January in Gloucester following the latest government advice around social contact and non-essential travel to help combat COVID-19.

During this time, the company will continue to operate all services across the region, with the frequency of some routes reduced where necessary. The transport company has been working closely with local authorities to ensure it maintains the level of bus services required for essential travel by key workers. Services that run hourly, or less frequently, will not be affected by this change.

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The decision follows extensive action by bus operators to enhance cleaning regimes and protect the safety and well-being of customers and bus workers throughout the pandemic.

Rupert Cox, Managing Director at Stagecoach West, said: "The safety of our passengers and our employees is paramount. Following the latest government advice to avoid all non-essential travel, we have reviewed our timetables and made temporary changes which reflect the reduced level of travel by the community.

“We are working hard to maintain essential services as we know that our operations play a vital role in keeping the region running and ensuring key sector personnel get to work. We will continue to monitor the position, liaise closely with government and local authorities, and respond as appropriate to what continues to be an ever-changing situation.”

Throughout the course of the pandemic, Stagecoach has implemented a number of new procedures and policies designed to keep passengers safe, including additional hygiene measures to protect passengers, frontline bus workers and office-based staff. Social distancing measures remain in place across all services and passengers are required to wear facemasks at all times unless they are medically exempt.

For more information and full details of service changes, please visit stagecoachbus.com/WESTCovid19.

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