Bus service cut from tomorrow
BUSES will operate a reduced service from tomorrow [Saturday] as CT Plus tries to get key workers and those needing essential travel to their destinations.
With the island in lockdown, CT Plus has said it will run to Sunday schedules tomorrow and Sunday and it will run a ‘Saturday’ service from Monday.
With pubs and clubs closed, the Friday and Saturday night bus service has been suspended.
‘The decision is in response to the latest Public Health guidance discouraging all non-essential journeys during the current outbreak of Covid-19.
‘It is appreciated that this change in service provision might cause inconvenience for some passengers,’ a Traffic & Highway Services spokesman said.
‘We wish to thank CT Plus and its drivers for the sterling work that they are doing on behalf of the community at this difficult time and to thank the public for their understanding.’
CT Plus has reviewed its operational practices to ensure the safety of its drivers and the public following guidance issued by Public Health. This includes additional cleaning.
In order to minimise boarding interaction and reduce the risks associated with close public contact, drivers are no longer accepting cash payments.
Only contactless cards, Puffin Pass, student pass and concession pass are being accepted.
To make it easier for those who do not have access to contactless or the passes for travel, the initial purchase price of a Pay As You Go ‘orange’ Puffin Pass has been reduced to £5.
The card can be bought from the Town terminus shop and they are registered at the online shop, where top-ups can also be done.
Cash can be used at the shop if that is the only way to buy a new card or top-up.
‘Limiting travel to key worker and essential travel only is one of the best ways all can stay safe,’ the spokesman said.
‘Public buses continue to provide travel for these and we are proud to play our part and support the government’s strategy during this challenging time.’
The provision of bus services will continue to be reviewed.
- To view the relevant Saturday or Sunday services as detailed in the published timetable, visit https://bit.ly/2WPd7cq.
- A link to the online shop for top-ups can be found at www.buses.gg.