School Transport (update on Reading Buses – position as of 11.06.2020)

Reading Buses are continually updating their website with the latest information relating to Covid-19 www.reading-buses.co.uk

Service levels and timetable changes:

As of 1st June, Reading Buses has increased its service levels on core, public bus routes www.reading-buses.co.uk

For the latest information on bus-timetabling, please use this link https://www.reading-buses.co.uk/increased-service-mon-1-june

Social distancing:

Following Government advice, seating capacities have been reduced on all buses. These advisory seating capacities allow for approximately 25% of the normal seated allowance on the bus, depending on the vehicle type. Clear signage is in place to show which seats are available and hand sanitiser dispensers are located on all buses.

Will children have to wear face coverings?

As the Government have now announced that face coverings will be compulsory for everyone travelling on buses from June 15th, Reading Buses is seeking clarity on the full details of this new guidance. Currently, passengers do not have to wear face masks on Reading Buses. This page will be regularly updated with the latest information on face coverings https://www.reading-buses.co.uk/facemasks-buses. Latest Government advice can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/face-coverings-to-become-mandatory-on-public-transport

Face coverings are not the same as face masks:

It is important that people do not use medical grade PPE masks to ensure these remain available for frontline staff. Last month, the government set out advice for people on how to make their own face coverings easily at home, using scarves or other textile items. These face coverings should cover the mouth and nose while allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably and can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head to give a snug fit.