Good news for Falkirk passengers as First allows more people on buses

First Bus is happy to announce the capacity on all its buses will increase by 50 per cent as Scotland reduces its safe social distance from two metres to one metre.

By James Trimble
Monday, 13th July 2020, 3:36 pm
Updated Monday, 13th July 2020, 3:37 pm

The operator stated it has worked quickly to implement the changes safely, in line with changing advice from Scottish and UK Governments.

First Bus managing director Andrew Jarvis said: “We are looking forward to welcoming back more customers over the coming weeks and months. While capacity will be more limited than before coronavirus, we will have many more seats available than in recent weeks.

“We know this additional capacity will be a great relief to some commuters, as well as customers considering their first journeys for leisure purposes. We are grateful to all our customers for adhering to our on-board measures and thank them for their support so far.”

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First Bus is now allowed to let even more passengers on its buses as the safe social distancing rules change from two metres to one metre

Vehicles have been updated with new layouts and signs to inform customers of the additional seats which have now been made available on board and all changes have been made based on robust and detailed risk assessments to ensure the ongoing safety of customers and staff.

First Bus introduced seat markings in May and also carried out an enhanced cleaning regime – including the use of anti-viral sanitiser Zoono Z71 – to protect against COVID-19 on surfaces, as well as good ventilation to keep travel safe for customers onboard.

In line with the increased capacity, the First Bus app will continue to help customers plan their journeys by showing live bus capacity in real time and advising if the wheelchair space on each service is free.