Nottingham City Transport will be returning to normal timetables on all days of the week from Sunday 28th June 2020.
This will see the frequency of buses throughout Nottingham significantly increase, providing maximum capacity for people to be able to space out when they travel.
This applies to all NCT services, excluding the NightBus routes, which remain suspended and the Uni 4 & Uni 31 buses which do not operate outside of traditional university term time. Uni 34 for the University of Nottingham will operate to its “holiday timetable”.
Changes to Blue Line 40 and Yellow Line 70 which should have been introduced at the end of March 2020 will also be introduced. The 40 will serve Winwood Heights and Edwards Lane Estate and the 70 will serve Norwich Gardens and Sandhurst Road.
Since lockdown was introduced on 23rd March, the number of people using NCT buses has fallen by 90%. The government is providing financial support to bus operators to enhance their services whilst passenger numbers increase as the lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
Announcing the changes, David Astill NCT Commercial and Operations Director said, “With restrictions being gradually relaxed and the government providing financial support to bus operators over the next few months, we are now able to return our services to normal from 28th June”.
He continued, “Customers returning to our services can travel safely by following the Safer Travel Guidance for Customers. This includes boarding one at a time, sitting in a window seat, washing or sanitising their hands regularly and by following the mandatory requirement to wear a facial covering on public transport from 15thJune”.
NCT has also consulted with its recognised Unite the Union representatives. All Nottingham City Transport staff are being issued with updated guidance to enable them to keep safe in the work environment.
Customers must familiarise themselves with the Safer Travel Guidance at nctx.co.uk and can make use of NCT’s recently launched online “Capacity Checker” to see how quiet or busy their bus may be. This enables customers to plan ahead and avoid travelling at busy times.
NCT services 1, 26 and 49 will continue to operate as “exact fare only” like all other NCT services, with no change available from the driver.