People have come together to show their appreciation for the bus/coach staff bravely working during the pandemic.
Transport company Stagecoach joined forces with the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) and government to thank essential workers on Bus and Coach Worker Support Day (5 May) - encouraging the public to use the hashtags #ThankYouBusWorkers or #ThankYouCoachWorkers.
Both the Stagecoach and CPT Twitter feeds have been packed with stories of staff helping passengers during a difficult time, as public transport continues to play a vital role in keeping Britain ticking over.
A big thank you to the @GoldenTours team for making it possible for NHS workers to travel to work - since 13th April they have operated an hourly service connecting Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans Hospitals, and last week they also supplied PPE to Basildon Hospital pic.twitter.com/PhRVfQcQ8Z— Confederation of Passenger Transport (@CPT_UK) May 5, 2020
Hopefully not too late to say #ThankYouBusWorkers. A vital role, not just during #covid19 but always. Another job to add to the list of where workers deserve a better deal on the other side of this crisis. Pictured with my dad who drove buses for more than 40yrs in Manchester pic.twitter.com/rsdJIvmgig— Sean Fielding (@cllrsfielding) May 5, 2020
Stagecoach, the country’s biggest bus and coach operator, has been helping key sector workers travel with dedicated shuttles, as well as taking measures to support local communities, the supply chain and distribution networks.
Martin Griffiths, Chief Executive of Stagecoach said: “There are thousands of bus and coach workers right across the country who are doing a fantastic job in helping to keep the country moving, ensuring links are available for key workers and other essential journeys.
“I would like to add my heartfelt thanks to everybody who is working hard at this time to deliver these crucial transport links. We know from the positive feedback we’ve seen just how appreciative people are of everything we are doing.
He continued: "Moving forward, buses in particular will be critical to the country’s recovery and re-starting our economy. We are work together with our industry partners and the government on the measures needed to support Britain’s most important mode of public transport, and on the steps to keep people safe and reassured.”
Claire is a bus driver at First’s Hunslet depot. Claire provides useful advice on how to stay safe when travelling on the bus, and measures drivers are taking to keep themselves and passengers safe #ThankYouBusWorkers @FirstWestYorks pic.twitter.com/EZTmmfeTnY— Confederation of Passenger Transport (@CPT_UK) May 5, 2020
Today we are backing @CPT_UK's campaign to praise bus workers across the UK. Our bus colleagues are providing a critical role during the crisis in keeping services open for key workers. https://t.co/qmn8LCNNeb pic.twitter.com/gumE91wGxF— The Go-Ahead Group (@TheGoAheadGroup) May 5, 2020
Thank you for getting this key worker to work during the week! On the first bus of the day and the drivers are always there with a welcoming smile. Good way to start the day and very thankful to have the buses still running. #ThankYouBusWorkers 🚌 pic.twitter.com/vU2RltE5O1— Rose (@thelifeof_rose) May 5, 2020
Stagecoach says it is strictly following government and public health guidelines to protect its employees and customers.
A number have vehicle alterations have been made to improve safety on board - including protective screens, additional cleaning of key touch points, strict guidelines on social distancing and contactless payments where possible.
For more information about Stagecoach or to check emergency bus timetables, visit their dedicated webpage.