Inverclyde Now Logo PUBLIC Transport Stepping Up A Gear

29 July, 2020 | Community Noticeboard

BUS and train services in Inverclyde are due to return to almost pre-pandemic levels from next week.

McGill’s Buses have confirmed their network is returning to normal from Monday (3 August).

The company stated: “We will be running more buses from 3 August with all our routes returning to their normal level of service.”

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McGill’s have restricted seating on buses to allow physical distancing. The wearing of face coverings remains compulsory on public transport (apart from those who are exempt).

Contactless payment is preferred. Anyone paying cash should have the exact amount as no change is being given.

Passengers can check how busy buses are on the McGill’s app.

Meanwhile, ScotRail announced that more than 90 per cent of its services will operate from Monday (3 August).

All rail routes will have normal early morning, late night, and peak services.

One hundred per cent of normal capacity will be provided during peak travel hours, although many seats will need to remain empty to maintain physical distancing.

The suspension of driver training during lockdown, because of physical distancing rules making it impossible for two people to sit in the driver’s cab at the same time, means it’s not yet possible for a full service to operate.

People are urged to consider alternative travel options where possible, including walking and cycling, to free up space for those who have no choice but to travel by train.

David Simpson, ScotRail operations director, said: “Thanks to the hard work of staff across Scotland’s Railway, we’ll operate as close to a normal timetable as possible from Monday, 3 August. Like businesses across the world, we continue to face challenges caused by coronavirus, but we will have every available train in service from 3 August.

“We do need everybody to continue taking personal responsibility for their travel choices, because physical distancing can’t be guaranteed. Customers who do travel with ScotRail should follow our five rules for safer travel, including the wearing of a face covering on trains and at stations.”

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