Bus firms in Yorkshire start 'limited passengers' policy

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Bus companies in south and west Yorkshire are believed to be the first in the UK to introduce a policy limiting the number of passengers in the battle against coronavirus.

From today changes will see double decker buses take a maximum of 24 passengers. Single deckers will carry 13 people. These figures represent between 25-30 % of normal numbers.

A 'full' notice will be displayed at the front once passenger capacity has been reached. The number of buses in operation will be reviewed regularly, with extra services put on to reduce waiting times.

The cities and towns which will see these measures introduced include: Barnsley, Bradford, Doncaster, Halifax, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wakefield and York.

We have worked constructively with the bus companies and the PTAs over the last month to formulate this 'limited passenger' policy which, we believe, will be an effective barrier to the spreading of coronavirus.

Phil Bown, Unite Regional Officer