Following the announcement that Ruddington will be put into England’s ‘new’ highest level of COVID-19 restrictions to start 2021, our village’s main bus operator says the latest change will not alter the existing schedules of either its Navy 3 or Green 10 services.
Nottingham City Transport (NCT) hopes that, by maintaining its current service levels under Tier 4, buses will continue to be less busy to enable better social distancing (and therefore safer travel) as we head back to work.*
NCT says: “Nottingham and Nottinghamshire moving to Tier 4 restrictions from Thursday 31st December 2020 has no immediate impact on our services, or the opening of our Call Centre or Travel Centre. Bus services will continue to operate as advertised for those who need to travel, in line with Tier 4 rules. Should the government guidance on the provision of bus services alter, we will respond accordingly.”
However, the operator reminds us that passengers making essential journeys must continue to follow the ‘Safer Travel Guidance’ to keep themselves and others safe whilst travelling to or from Ruddington, and further afield. This is summarised below:
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 NCT’s video summarising the key points below…
…whilst more detailed safer travel guidance advice can be found >>HERE<<.
** 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<<.
NCT adds: “Thank you to all of our employees and customers for their continued support.”
If you’re travelling with the family, or even as a couple, NCT has also extended its great value ‘Grouprider’ ticket offer into the first quarter of 2021. Usually available at £6 only after 09:30 on weekdays, the ticket will remain priced at £6 all day, every day up to and including Wednesday March 31st. It’s available to buy on the bus from the driver or on the NCTX Buses app.
Grouprider tickets cover up to 5 people (min 1 adult, max 2 adults) for unlimited journeys on NCT buses in Nottingham for the day. >>MORE<<.