As we come under a second national ‘lockdown’ in England, Ruddington’s main bus operator says – this time around – both its Navy 3 and Green 10 village services will continue to run to their usual schedules.
Back in March, when the original raft of COVID-19 instructions asked us to avoid all travel and stay at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, Nottingham City Transport reduced all its timetables to just ‘core services’ for essential workers. However this time, from November 5th 2020 the operator says it is continuing to operate all its advertised services and timetables – including our Navy 3.
During this period the new Government guidance is to reduce the number of journeys we make, but it says we can (and should) still travel for a number of reasons, including:
- travelling to work where this cannot be done from home
- travelling to education and for caring responsibilities
- to visit those in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare
- hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
- to buy goods or services from premises that are open, including essential retail
- to spend time or exercise outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)
- attending the care and exercise of a pet, or veterinary services
It’s hoped maintaining the existing level of services will mean emptier buses – for improved social distancing and therefore safer travel. You can find the current timetables for Ruddington’s Navy 3 >>HERE<< and Green 10 >>HERE<<.
The key points to follow are:
- You must not use NCT’s buses if you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, are self isolating or are clinically extremely vulnerable
- You must observe social contact rules and you must not travel with anyone who is not from the same household or support bubble
- Facial coverings must be worn at all times on the bus and cover your nose and mouth.
- Some people are exempt from wearing facial coverings, which is outlined in the Safer Travel Guidance along with suggested ways to let NCT’s drivers know that you are exempt.
- You are encouraged to wait for the next service if you feel you cannot keep your distance from other people.
- Cashless payment methods are preferred – contactless for adult pay as you go travel*, NCTX Buses app, Easyrider** or Robin Hood.
Hand sanitiser dispensers are fitted to all NCT buses, for use just after you board and before you alight the bus
- Sit in the window seat only and away from other people (except other members of your own household or support bubble) when you can
- Travel side by side or behind other people, not facing them and make use of the upper deck on the Green 10
- Open windows to allow a fresh air supply to flow through the bus
- Avoid consuming food and drink on board
- Dispose of waste safely, including items such as used disposable face coverings
- When getting off the bus, press the bell in good time and remain in your seat until the bus stops. On the floor of Ruddington’s buses, there is a red circle where you should wait until the doors are opened.
You can watch an NCT video summarising the key points below:
NCT says: “Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these difficult times.”
* You can read about the option to make contactless payments aboard NCT’s buses >>HERE<<.
** You can read about the “Scan and Go” QR Codes on NCT’s Easyrider mobile tickets >>HERE<<.