First Manchester buses announce increased services from this Sunday

Date published: 29 May 2020

First Manchester has announced it is increasing services from Sunday (May 31).

The change follows confirmation this week by the Government of further funding for bus operators to support additional services to manage reduced on-board capacity due to the introduction of social distancing measures.

Customers can find full details of the new timetable on the First Manchester website:

Ian Humphreys, Managing Director of First Manchester, said: “We are increasing many services to manage social distancing by providing more capacity.

"This will help to support the needs of workers and others making essential journeys.

“We have introduced a number of industry-leading measures to help ensure that government guidelines are observed across our fleet and that we offer clean, safe, socially-distanced space for passengers and our employees.

"These range from innovative capacity tracking technology to seat signage that encourages customers to adopt appropriate distancing on board.

“The Government guidance is still to avoid public transport so we urge customers to consider if they need to use the bus to travel, and if so to avoid where possible typically busier times of the day.

"As travel advice develops, we will look at further service changes.  

“Our drivers and the support teams behind them are continuing to work hard at keeping bus services running.

"The assistance and understanding of our customers will help us in managing on-board capacity during these challenging times.”

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