Move follows new guidance from governments

First Bus was the first operator to introduce seat markings to assist with social distancing

First Bus has confirmed that as of this week the capacity across its buses will increase to 50%.

It follows the reduction of social distancing restrictions in England, Scotland and Wales, the operator has worked quickly to implement the changes safely, in line with changing advice from the governments.

Vehicles have been updated with new layouts and signs to inform customers of the additional seats which have now made available on board. All changes have been made based on robust and detailed risk assessments to ensure the ongoing safety of customers and drivers.

Giles Fearnley, managing director of First Bus, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming back more customers over the coming weeks and months. Whilst capacity still remains restricted to keep our customers safe, we will have many more seats available than in recent weeks.

“We know that this additional capacity will be a great relief to some commuters, as well as passengers considering their first journeys for leisure purposes. We are grateful to all our customers for adhering to our on-board measures and thank them for their continued support.”

First Bus was the first operator to introduce seat markings in May and this move has been widely welcomed by passengers. The operator is also carrying out an enhanced cleaning regime to protect against Covid-19 on surfaces, which includes the use of anti-viral sanitiser Zoono Z71. Good ventilation and the uptake in use of mandatory face coverings by customers are other factors that help to keep travel safe for passengers.

The First Bus app will continue to help bus users plan their journeys by showing live bus capacity in real time and advising if the wheelchair space on each service is free.

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