Following on from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address on Monday 23rd September public transport should only be used in the UK for essential travel with several transport networks reiterating this fact in statements. It has also now been confirmed that a reduced service will be running on Nottingham Express Transit – leaving just the West Midlands Metro who haven’t yet reduced their service.
As from the start of service on Tuesday 24th March a Sunday timetable is operating on Nottingham Express Transit seven days a week. This sees trams every 15 minutes between 0600 and 0700, every 10 minutes between 0700 and 1900 and then every 15 minutes until 2300. It has also been confirmed that planned fare change son 29th March will now not take place with the current fares structure remaining in place until further notice.
One of many areas to urge people to only use public transport for essential purposes is the West Midlands with Transport for West Midlands issuing new travel guidelines. They are urging people to not travel unless they have to and if they do travel to maintain social distancing wherever possible. Essential travel is considered going to get supplies, support older or vulnerable people, travelling to school or going to work if your role is essential. No other travel should be considered.
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: ““Our advice to passengers could not be more simple: do not travel on public transport unless it is absolutely essential. Buses and trains are running at a reduced frequency. For those who rely on public transport – such as key workers helping to keep our vital NHS and emergency services operating – but we do not want people to be travelling and risking further spreading the virus. It is unquestionably an incredibly difficult time for all of us, but by cutting out unnecessary travel we can reduce the risk to those who have to travel, as well as helping to slow the spread of Coronavirus.”
West Midlands Metro services are continuing to run to the standard timetable for at least this week although this may change as the situation continues to develop.