Changes to Chesterfield bus services amid pandemic

A bus company says changes to services in the Chesterfield area reflects a reduction in passengers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 9:00 am

Stagecoach is now running a temporary timetable on a number of routes across the town.

These include services 1 to 44, services 51 to 74, service 77, services 80 to 217, service M1 M4 and X17 as well as some Chesterfield school services.

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Stagecoach has announced changes to some bus services in Chesterfield.

Announcing the changes on its website, a Stagecoach spokesperson said: “We'll still be running eight out of 10 of all our journeys so there will still be plenty of seats available for people that need to travel.

"The changes include the feedback we received from you over the course of last year. All our routes will continue to run, just a little less often in some cases.

"To keep you safe, we've got extra cleaning measures in place especially in places which are touched the most.”

Passengers are also urged to use contactless to pay for travel or buy tickets in advance online or on mobile where possible and to maintain social distancing onboard by sitting in a zigzag pattern on the bus.

Under lockdown rules in England people can continue using the public transport network if they need to travel for an exempt reason.

However, use of public transport fell by 83 per cent during the first national lockdown in the spring of 2020 and so far in 2021 is 64 per cent lower than usual.

For more information on the temporary timetable changes, visit the Stagecoach website.

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