The past few months have been challenging for many in the bus and coach industry. Companies have undeniably risen to the challenge of providing essential transport to key workers during this difficult time, helping to keep essential services running and the economy moving.
This has involved a gargantuan effort from an industry already struggling with decreasing ridership. Operators are enforcing social distancing – not easy when the average bus width is 2.5 metres. Other innovations have included the introduction of live tracker apps, helping passengers gauge arrival times and available capacity. And all are doing everything possible to keep their drivers and staff safe.
It’s important to remember that thousands of people rely on the bus and coach sector to make essential journeys every day in the UK, and often have little or no alternative option. As employees in cities and rural areas begin returning to work, ‘avoiding public transport’ is no longer appropriate advice. On the contrary, passenger transport via road must play a vital role in re-energising the economy – and the sector is ready to do its bit.