Bus Services Reduced

Many bus routes will start later and finish earlier from tomorrow (28 March) because of the reduced demand caused by coronavirus.

The main changes include:

* Not as many services at peak times

* Saturday services will be the same as the Sunday timetables, with many services running less frequently, and no early and late services.

* Routes 1 and 15 will be reduced to half-hourly rather than every 15 minutes.

* Routes 1a, 2, 5, 7, 12, 13 and 19 will have a reduced timetable.

* Routes 6, 11 and 28 will not operate as these are largely covered by other routes.

* Route 4a will run instead of Route 4 on Saturdays, which means there will be no buses to Bouley Bay, Bonne Nuit Bay and areas north of Trinity Church at weekends.

“We are working closely with LibertyBus to adapt our services to the Island’s needs. Islanders are acting responsibly by practising social distancing and working from home where possible, and that has resulted in a significant fall in demand for bus services.

"It makes financial and operational sense to adapt the service, and LibertyBus will be sensitive to the needs of Islanders, particularly our critical workers, who are needed to keep the Island running." - Deputy Kevin Lewis, Infrastructure Minister.

LibertyBus says this balances the need to follow the latest social distancing advice, with the needs of essential workers who have no other way of travelling.

"We’ve looked closely at our service and developed a timetable that we hope meets the needs of those still having to travel for essential purposes. In the extreme cases where key workers cannot get a bus within an hour of the normal scheduled time they should contact our customer service team and we will do our very best to get them where they need to be, either with scheduled services or with minibuses if necessary.

"We’ll be reviewing the schedules constantly over the coming days and weeks and have ensured we have a strong business continuity plan in place meaning we can quickly re-build the service when it’s called for." - Kevin Hart, LibertyBus Director.

Any 'critical workers' who need another service should call LibertyBus by 12pm before the day they need to travel on 01534 828555.

Critical workers are defined as those focused on healthcare, formal emergency responses, public protection, social work and residential childcare.

The revised timetable in full is available here.

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