BUS passengers in North Staffordshire are welcoming news that First Potteries is restoring services to 80 per cent of its pre-lockdown levels from Monday (June 1).
The district's main bus operator was forced to slash services because of the coronavirus outbreak, which saw passenger levels decline dramatically and virus-related staff shortages.
Improved services will now resume thanks to Government funding acquired by the company.
Nigel Eggleton, managing director of First Midlands, said: "Out service will go up to 80 per cent of what it normally is. It was previously down to around 42 per cent."
Most First bus routes were reduced to an hourly service and some suspended altogether.
Mr Eggleton is reminding bus users to continue adhering to social distancing rules relating to public transport.
New rules mean that buses are running at restricted capacity, with three out of four seats out of bounds to passengers and standing is forbidden.
Mr Eggleton added: "It is concerning that some people are choosing to disregard safety measures and advice introduced, as it is each individual's responsibility to stay safe and help protect others when in public places."