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Preston Bus Station concourse reopens as Preston Bus detail social distancing measures

Posted on - 1st June, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Transport
Preston Bus Station's car park has now reopened Pic: Tony Worrall
Preston Bus Station’s car park has now reopened Pic: Tony Worrall

A new one-way system is in place at Preston Bus Station concourse.

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Social distancing measures have been enforced at the Bus Station concourse and the Bus Station car park – both of which were closed from late March due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Toilets though remain closed in the Bus Station.

Opening hours for the concourse and car park are now 7am to 7pm.

Lancashire County Council say early and late buses are operating from the coach station.

Preston Bus has maintained its service throughout lockdown and has outlined the measures it is taking on its buses to maintain social distancing.

A 23 service in operation by Preston Bus during lockdown Pic: Colin Ward
A 23 service in operation by Preston Bus during lockdown Pic: Colin Ward

Buses will carry fewer passengers than normal and drivers will display a ‘Sorry Bus Full’ sign on the front if they have reached capacity.

New passengers will only be able to board the bus once others get off and the driver has space depending on the size of the bus.

Passengers are being urged to pay using contactless methods where possible.

Window seats are to be used and passengers should not sit next to each other unless they are from the same household.

The 12 and 14 services are returning to normal timetables and the 6 and 89 services will have larger capacity vehicles on the routes.

Read more: Aerial pictures show how Preston Western Distributor is progressing

A spokesman for Preston Bus said: “During the pandemic we have introduced more intensive cleaning regimes during evenings when buses are stationed at their depots.

“Every bus has also been fitted with an anti-bacterial disinfectant kit for the drivers use; this can be used to clean the drivers working area and anywhere on the bus should they deem it necessary while out in service. Drivers also have access to visors and gloves to wear while on duty.

“The challenges of operating bus services during these difficult time are not yet over, but we hope that the measures we have in place help to keep our passengers safe and confident to travel when they need to do so.”

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