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Coronavirus: Public transport services change to support key workers

Public transport companies including TransPennine Express, Stagecoach East Midlands and East Yorkshire bus services are introducing temporary changes to their timetables from Monday 23 March.

The move follows new government advice around social contact and non-essential travel to help combat the coronavirus.

A reduced timetable will operate across the region until further notice.

TransPennine Express are running services as a “key worker” timetable to support people getting where they need to be to facilitate the work the government has deemed critical. Find out more here.

Stagecoach will operate a 7am-7pm service, Monday to Saturday across the East Midlands region, with a few extended services being maintained in some areas to help support critical activity. Read more here.

Matt Cranwell, managing director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “Along with other bus operators and key sectors, we are working hard to support the national effort to tackle the current challenging situation.

“The safety of our customers and our employees is at the heart of everything we do. We also know that our bus services play a vital role in keeping the country running and ensuring key sector personnel get to work.

“We are working hard to best maintain essential services, safeguard jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of a sector which is central to our economy and communities.”

Most East Yorkshire services will run to a Sunday timetable, but with extra early morning journeys to allow workers to travel.  Routes which don’t normally have Sunday buses will also have a special timetable. Read more here.

Ben Gilligan, area director for East Yorkshire, said: “Thank you to all our passengers for your understanding during this unique situation – we are doing our best to continue to run as good a service as we can, for as long as we can.”

The timetables have been carefully created to ensure that critical routes are maintained wherever possible.

Find out information on coronavirus-related closures here and cancellations here.

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