Business as usual for bus travel on the Isle of Wight following second lockdown announcement

4 weeks ago Tue 3rd Nov 2020

bus at a bus stop

Our bus services across the Island will continue to run at current levels. We have worked hard to reintroduce our full service timetable over recent months, with a host of safety measures in place. Now, despite a second lockdown planned from Thursday, it will be ‘business as usual’ for our network and school routes across the island. 

“This has been a challenging year for us all, and we realise many will be hit hard by this second lockdown,” said Southern Vectis managing director, Andrew Wickham. “We understand that many workers and school pupils still need to be able to travel over the coming month, so our current plan is to continue as we are. 

“Several months ago, we introduced special measures to ensure travelling on public transport is one of the safest places to be - and this is still the case.

“We have stringent regimes in place, including extra focus on touch touch-points with anti-viral wipes. Our passengers must wear face coverings, unless exempt, and we have also given our operation the ‘belt and braces’ treatment, by also adding hand sanitisers.

“It is also important that those travelling with us take their own safety, and the safety of others, seriously. That means taking personal responsibility to wash hands regularly, wear face coverings, and use the sanitisers provided.

“I would like to give credit and to thank our dedicated team of drivers and support staff - who are themselves keyworkers. Their efforts are helping people carry out vital work in our region. And, without them, many local pupils would not be able to travel to school.

“We will of course continue to monitor the situation and, if government guidelines for bus travel do change, we will act accordingly.”