Edwards Coaches and Warrington’s Own Buses offer support to healthcare workers during period of “uncertainty and angst”



Two bus operators are offering free travel to NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

South Wales-based Edwards Coaches has been offering free travel on its local bus services to NHS staff since March 23. The services run between the Pontypridd area and Cardiff, including a direct route to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

Edwards prides itself on having a strong relationship with the local community and the offer follows on from the company providing free transport for protestors hoping to prevent the closure of the nearby Royal Glamorgan Hospital’s A&E department earlier this year. In addition, the 95-year old company also provided free local service buses to help with the evacuation of Nantgarw when the area was affected by flooding in February.

We always want to do whatever we can to help

Edwards Director, Jason Edwards said: “As a nation we are experiencing a great deal of uncertainty and angst at the moment and at Edwards we always want to do whatever we can to help. We can do that by supporting our local community, who are extremely important to us, and ensuring that our fantastic NHS has one less thing to worry about during this crisis.”

Meanwhile, from tomorrow (March 27), all NHS employees and health and social care staff (including agency workers) can use Warrington’s Own Buses free of charge by showing their identification to the driver.

I’m delighted that we can make a small gesture for our NHS heroes

Tom Jennings, a board member of the council-owned company, said: “There are many things we can all do – apart from staying at home – to help and support those risking their own health to help others during this pandemic.

“I’m delighted that we can make a small gesture for our NHS heroes who will now be able to get to work and home again safely without charge on Warrington’s own buses in these unprecedented times.”

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