FIRST Worcester will run to a reduced timetable with some additional journeys added early morning due to the coronavirus.

As from tomorrow (March 26) the bus company will operate fewer services.

First Worcester is committed to continuing services wherever possible allowing those who need to make essential journeys, like health service and emergency workers, can continue to do so, as well as ensuring that links to key locations such as hospitals are prioritised.

The revised timetable will run all week with ‘additional journeys added’ in the early morning until further notice. Passengers will be able to find further details and copies of timetables on the First Worcester website

This action is reflected across the transport sector in the UK and worldwide, most especially with the temporary reduction of rail services to all but essential links.

Nigel Eggleton, managing director of First Worcester said: “The Government has increased its measures and advised against any non-essential travel and contact as it works towards reducing the rising number of coronavirus cases being identified.

“The number of people travelling on our services over the last few days has inevitably reduced significantly to the point where some of our buses are not carrying a single person, making this an unprecedented situation that we need to react to.

“To help ensure our services can continue to fulfil the most important needs for our customers during this difficult time, we are reducing our services in Worcester, whilst ensuring there are sufficient journeys running to meet the needs of people who are key workers and those needing to visit pharmacy’s, food shops and other emergency facilities.

“It’s important to emphasise that this is a fast-moving and unprecedented challenge for all of us and we will endeavour to keep everyone informed of any further changes to our bus network.

“Our drivers, engineers and support staff are doing a great job in keeping our buses running through this challenging time to which I am proud.”

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