We are pleased to announce that as of Monday 1st June we will be recommencing our Leicester Park & Ride services. The services will operate with all vehicles on the 203 Enderby route and the 103 Meynell’s Gorse. The 303 Birstall site is closed currently as it is working as a Coronavirus testing station therefore this service will not resume at this moment in time.
The services will recommence on a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing with extra vehicles available to maintain customer flow. The passenger numbers will be monitored daily to determine the number of vehicles needed and the timetables adjusted accordingly.
Passengers are asked to avoid any payments using cash and the ticket prices have been adjusted to eliminate the need for small change as there will be a no change given policy. All vehicles are being fitted with screens to minimise the risk between drivers and passengers.
In addition, all drivers have attended a training session and provided with PPE. An additional cleaning more intense schedule has been implemented at the Roberts depot with drivers also carrying out cleaning between journeys on areas that involve passenger contact such as handrails.
When asked about the move to resume Park & Ride, Jonathan Hunt, Managing Director of Roberts Travel Group, said ‘The decision to reinstate Park & Ride services was not without deliberation. There has been growing demand to restart this service since the lock down in March, but Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and ourselves wanted to ensure that we operated only when it is safe to do so. With the training provided, extra safety measures, reduced capacity, deep cleaning, and screens fitted we are confident that these services can now resume.
We are asking for the public to help us too. Bringing the correct change or pre-purchasing their passes will really help to reduce the risk to both themselves and our drivers.
Being able to see these buses start running again is such a positive move forward to getting things back to normal. We all must do our part to make it is as safe as possible and we ask that passengers Keep their distance and have an understanding that the capacity will be very limited in the interest of everyone’s safety’.
Monday 1st June also sees the popular 159 service back to its normal timetable. Another sign that things are slowly making their way back to a new normal.