New rules could leave passengers left standing at bus stops

SOME passengers waiting to board a First Potteries bus could be left standing at their stop from today (May 25).

North Staffordshire's main operator is running it fleet of buses at under 25 per cent capacity as lockdown continues.

Three out of four seats on the company's buses are being taped off, which will ensure passengers can maintain 'social distancing' on board and help combat the spread of coronavirus.

Passengers are being counted on and off, and once a bus reaches its reduced capacity drivers will close their doors and drive past anyone else waiting at other stops.

While buses are at capacity a 'one off, one on' rule will apply.

The move comes as lockdown restrictions are being eased and bus usage will rise as shops and businesses reopen.

Nigel Eggleton, managing director at First Potteries, said the new travel restrictions would help ensure the safety of staff and passengers.

He said :"Signage is being fitted to the exterior of the bus near to the entrance door and inside the bus providing clear advice on where to sit once the person has boarded.

"We realise these measures may be frustrating for some, but our sole intention is to keep people safe and we hope our customers will support our actions whilst we work through this unprecedented circumstance brought on by the Covid-19 virus".

Nationally, First is also introducing regular disinfection of all grab rails, door handles, window ledges and other touchpoints on its buses, along with the provision of PPE to drivers.



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