As more people return to work, schools prepare to take in more pupils, and more shops get the green light for potentially opening from June 15, there is going to be an inevitable increase in people travelling.

This could be in private cars, walking, cycling or getting a bus or train.

When it comes to using public transport, the Government advice remains to first consider all other forms of transport….But if your journey is necessary, and you need to get a bus, Stagecoach has provided a list of things you need to know to keep you, the driver, and fellow passengers as safe as possible. The following advice also applies to travel on all bus companies across the area.

Make a plan

  • Allow extra time for your journey and try to travel at off-peak times, where possible.
  • Check the latest timetables before you travel – You can plan journeys at Traveline, or on Stagecoach or Swindon’s Bus Company websites.

Social distancing at the bus stop:

  • To allow for social distancing buses will have limited capacity. If your bus has a BUS FULL sign please be prepared  to wait for the next bus.
  • Please be kind and look out for other passengers who might need to travel more urgently than you.
  • Take note and follow any posters at your bus stop which offer guidance of how to travel safely.
  • At bus stops, try to keep 2 metres away from anyone else in the queue.
  • Let people off the bus before you get on and try to keep a safe distance between you, the driver and other customers.
  • Pay by contactless card, travelcard or mobile ticket where possible.

Social distancing on the bus:

  • Sit in the window seat, leaving the seats in front and behind you empty and don’t sit directly behind the driver.
  • Only one person can sit in a double seat, unless you’re with a member of your household.
  • Don’t stand on the bus.
  • Once you’re on the bus open a window, if you can, to help with ventilation.
  • Wear a face covering if you can. It’s an added level of safety for you, your fellow passengers and our drivers.
  • When leaving the bus stay seated, ring the bell and take everything with you.
  • Let the driver know if you think your bus is too busy to allow for social distancing.

Paying for your journey:

  • You can use contactless payment methods on all Stagecoach and Swindon Bus Company buses.
  • You can also buy tickets online and on their apps (Swindon Bus Company App and Stagecoach App).
  • If you can only use cash, please have the exact fare.

The Government has also issued advice on what to do when you complete your journey. It asks people to consider walking or cycling from the station or stop you arrived at.

You should also wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible – do the same for children within your care if they have travelled.

Help your friends travel simpler