Passengers welcomed back to public transport in South Yorkshire and urged to continue to follow safer travel guidelines

16/07/2021

Ahead of the lifting of Government Covid restrictions, on Monday 19 July, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is issuing travel advice and reminding customers that face coverings must continue to be worn in bus stations and interchanges. Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead, avoid travelling on busy routes or during busy periods, and walk and cycle where possible.

“We’ve been working hard to keep buses, trams, trains and stations as safe as possible during the pandemic, so people  can be confident using public transport to connect to the places they need to be”, says South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s (SYPTE’s) Director of Customer Services, Tim Taylor.

A near-normal service continues across the public transport network. SYPTE and transport operators will continue to undertake enhanced cleaning regimes in interchanges and on vehicles to minimise the risk of transmission from surfaces and touch points, as well as ensuring buses are well ventilated and providing tools such as apps to allow customers to see how busy their bus is and help plan their journey in advance. Passengers can be confident that South Yorkshire’s public transport network remains safe and clean, but are being urged to continue to take measures to travel as safely as possible.

“Even though restrictions will be lifted on Monday, we’re asking people to carry on following the Government’s advice –regularly wash or sanitise their hands when travelling on public transport and keep windows open to increase ventilation when on board wherever possible. ”

Although national restrictions are being eased off, face masks will remain mandatory in bus stations and transport interchanges across South Yorkshire. SYPTE strongly encourages people to follow Government guidance that expects and recommends the wearing of face coverings onboard public transport and in crowded spaces, if they can.

“While there are still cases of COVID-19, we can all play our part to stay safe and protect ourselves and others. That’s why we’ll continue to mandate that customers and passengers wear a face covering in our interchanges, unless they are exempt, and strongly encourage them to do the same onboard public transport. Public transport is the only option for many people and we want to ensure everyone feels safe and confident while travelling”, concludes Tim.

Customers are also reminded to stay at home if they have symptoms and get a test

The public transport network has been running near normal, pre-pandemic levels, since May, but some timetables will have slight changes from the weekend of 17/18 July due to the arrival of summer. Following changes to government guidance there are no restrictions on public transport capacity. SYPTE is reminding everyone to plan ahead and check before travel at https://journeyplanner.travelsouthyorkshire.com/.