Plymouth City Council have released details about current travel on public transport. (June 2020)
People who travel in and out of the city will notice a few key changes as public transport services continue to adapt to measures brought in as a result of COVID-19.
Bus services are now starting to return to nearly normal levels. However, as there have been some changes to routes and frequency of services, people are being urged to check operator websites or www.travelinesw.com for the most up-to-date timetables. Extra safety measures have been introduced both on board and at bus stops and passengers are being asked to bear in mind the following:
Plan your journey
Wear a face mask or covering - it is now compulsory
Take a hand sanitizer
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after travelling
Only one person at a time should board the bus
Try to use contactless cards to pay rather than cash
Try to sit at least two metres apart - one person to a seat if possible
If you feel at all unwell, don’t travel
Some seats have been cordoned off including all backward facing seats and those within two metres of the driver and there is no standing. It is up to passengers to decide whether they want to board.
Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport said: “This is an uncertain time for people - the Government guidance suggests people should avoid public transport but we know that is not feasible for people who rely on it to get to work. The bus operators have been working hard to adapt so that people feel safe. Services are almost back up to normal, but there have been key changes to create more space for passengers on their journeys, to reduce the chance of contact with the virus.”
At the moment time restrictions for concessionary fares have been lifted so that all pass-holders can travel all day (normally 9.30am to 11pm on weekdays and anytime at weekends/bank holidays).
What else is different?
Bus stops and shelters
Social distancing guidance posters have been put up in key shelters
Real Time Passenger Information Displays will shortly be back up and will have social distancing reminders
Tips on how to travel safely on buses will be posted in shelters at key locations
A more frequent cleaning regime for city centre shelters
Park and Ride
The George - is open but the building remains closed. The Park and Ride service resumes on Monday 15 June.
Coypool - due to open on Monday 15 June. Stagecoach service will operate every half hour Monday to Saturday
Milehouse - The Park and Ride service resumes on Monday 15 June.
GWR: Hourly service between Plymouth and London in both directions with four journeys a day in each direction continuing to/from Cornwall - but GWR are urging people to only travel if necessary
Tamar Valley Line operating normal timetable.
Cross Country: Service between Plymouth and Bristol operating hourly frequency
National Express are looking to resume limited coach operations from Wednesday 1 July.
Falcon has a limited timetable which started on June 1
Megabus is looking at a possible July start
The building is currently closed but coaches are still operating from the coach station
Taxis Social distancing markers are now on the ground at city centre taxi ranks. Our taxi trade would like passengers to wear a face covering.
ShopMobility is now open for wheelchair and scooter hire Monday to Saturday 10am until 2pm. Visit www.accessplymouth.co.uk or call 01752 600633