Buses return to normal timetables across East Yorkshire on Monday

Bus company East Yorkshire has announced that nearly all routes will return to normal timetables from Sunday, May 16.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 8:47 am
From Monday, May 17, more seats will be available on board buses, with only rear facing and sideways seats out of use.

Since the start of the pandemic, bus passenger levels have been lower than normal as people were advised to stay at home as much as they could.

However, as national lockdown restrictions have lifted the number of people travelling by bus has gradually risen. Most services across the region have already returned to normal.

During the pandemic, bus operators have been required to limit the number of available seats for customers.

From Monday, May 17, more seats will be available on board, with only rear facing and sideways seats out of use. East Yorkshire will continue to maintain enhanced cleaning standards to provide customers with reassurance.

There are still some common-sense things that people should do when travelling to keep themselves and others safe, including aiming to travel at quiet times if possible, washing and sanitising their hands when travelling, paying using contactless or buying an app ticket, and wearing a face covering throughout the journey.

Ben Gilligan, Area Director of East Yorkshire, said that the company has seen a rise in passengers since restrictions started to lift, and that adding extra journeys should help give people more choice about when they travel.

He said: “In the first weeks of the pandemic our passengers were down by 90%, as people sensibly stayed at home.

“We were continuing to run buses to enable key workers to get to essential jobs, but our buses were almost empty.”

“Since restrictions have started to lift and the vaccination programme has progressed, it’s been great to see that more people are happy and confident to travel again.

“By running more buses, and opening up existing buses to more people, we can enable as many people as possible to do the things they couldn’t do last year, such as visiting friends and family, going for days out and making the most of the summer.”

People can view bus timetables and get ideas for new places to visit this summer by going to www.eastyorkshirebuses.co.uk, by ringing the BusLine on 01482 592929, or by downloading the East Yorkshire Buses app.