As more people start to return to work and passenger numbers increase, Nottingham Express Transit have unveiled they are stepping up measures to ensure the continued safety of both passengers and employees but at this stage no increase in service frequencies have been confirmed.
Since the pandemic first started NET have already been stopping at all tramstops with drivers opening the doors to reduce the requirement for passengers to press the buttons to both request it to stop and to open the doors themselves. Now, further measures are being introduced including new cleaning teams at the four termini plus additional cleaning at other key locations. This will help to make sure that regularly touched surfaces are disinfected at the end of each journey. Markings are being place at tramstops and on trams so that passengers can social distance with further advice given on posters around the network.
Mike Mabey, Head of Operations at NET, said: “Throughout the pandemic, the way we deliver services – so vital to many key workers – has been under constant review, with measures introduced in line with the most up-to-date government guidance. As we enter the next phase of the pandemic, further steps are now being taken across the network, including the introduction of new cleaning teams stationed at our four termini, and additional cleaning at other key locations. Naturally, due to social distancing, tram capacity has been greatly reduced, so we would ask customers to help us to help them by travelling outside peak times if possible and always follow instructions on where to sit or stand. Of course, the wellbeing of customers and staff remains our overriding priority, and we’ll continue to respond appropriately to any government guidance updates.”