Ruddington’s Buses as ‘Lockdown’ is Eased

Following the Prime Minister’s latest announcement that people who cannot work from home should now try to go back to their jobs, Ruddington’s main bus provider has issued a statement to clarify the current situation on its services.

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) is currently operating a temporary, “core” timetable on our village Green 10 route (which can be found >>HERE<<). Although, in England, the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths has fallen, the Government is continuing to tell people to avoid using public transport whilst ever the danger of catching Coronavirus remains high.

Even though Boris Johnson’s advice is now that we should “stay alert” rather than “stay at home”, NCT reiterates that you can only use its buses for essential journeys – and that you must follow these rules:

  • Do not travel if you are unwell – or if you live with someone who is self-isolating
  • Keep your distance when queuing at bus stops and only board the bus one at a time
  • Have your fare, ticket or pass ready before boarding
  • Try and sit at least 2m apart, where possible, and make use of the upstairs (which on many buses is underused)
  • Cough and sneeze hygienically and use a tissue which must be disposed of in a bin
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds before and after travelling
  • When leaving the bus, wait behind the red circle on the floor until the doors are opened​

There are no immediate changes to the services or timetables its operating – with Ruddington’s usual Navy 3 buses still suspended.

NCT states: “Once the guidance for transport operators referred to by the Prime Minister in his address on 10th May 2020 is published, we’ll review and implement what is expected of us, for both our customers and employees.”

The company adds: “It will take time to implement these requirements and with the majority of our buses delicenced and currently unavailable for use and 75% of our employees furloughed, any changes to service levels are likely to be gradual and in line with the ‘road map’ set out by the Prime Minister.”

Meantime NCT has clarified its position about passengers wearing a face covering – saying this may be marginally beneficial in some circumstances as a precautionary measure. You can read more >>HERE<<.

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