Bus firm announces further reductions to services

Bus operator Xplore Dundee has announced a further reduction in its services.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has seen passenger demand "dramatically" falling.

From this Sunday, core services will run to half-hourly temporary timetables.

The company also says that services 4, 23, 51, 57a/59, 73b, 137/138, 139 and school services will be suspended until further notice.

A spokesperson said: "We continue to maintain an intensive cleaning regime and we're encouraging our employees and customers to practice social distancing, according to government advice.

"We'd encourage the use of contactless for on-bus payment and ask customers to use the space available by spreading out around the bus as much as possible and staying a minimum of two metres apart at all times - when getting on and off the bus and when choosing when to sit. To help, we will be deploying double-deckers as often as we can.

"Additionally we would politely request that passengers do not sit near the driver. This is to protect our workforce as they carry out their duties to keep key workers mobile. Our suggestion would be to sit no further forward than the wheelchair/buggy zone of the bus.

"All details of our emergency timetables and up-to-date information can be found on our website at bit.ly/XDCovid19 with regular updates also posted on our social media channels."

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