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North Yorkshire Bus Operator To Support Covid-19 Helpers

North Yorkshire Bus Operator To Support Covid-19 Helpers

Published by Karen Liu at 9:45am 17th March 2020.

A North Yorkshire bus operator are set to support volunteers helping those living in isolation from Coronavirus.

Coastliner will welcome organised groups of helpers onto its bus for free to help deliver food, medicine and vital supplies to those stuck at home.

It runs 840 route from Leeds to Whitby and the 843 journey from Leeds to Scarborough.

Ben Mansfield, Coastliner General Manager, said: 

“This is clearly a very worrying and challenging time for many in the communities we serve, and we want to do everything we possibly can to support local people as they respond to the latest health advice.

The role of volunteers will be vital in getting supplies to those who must remain in their homes and have no other way of accessing food, prescription medicines and so on, and it’s heart-warming to see so many people already offering to help.

We want to support those who are giving their time and effort to support people coming to terms with living in isolation at home.

Our message to them is that if you’re supporting someone who can’t leave their home because of the preventative measures being taken around Coronavirus, you can ride for free on our local buses to take them the things that they need to get by.

Our local network of buses in and around the City of York, and to smaller towns and villages around the area, provide a vital service to some of the most needy and vulnerable people in our community at the best of times.

We know things are difficult for people right now, and we want to make it easier to get food, medicine or general supplies out to those who need it.”

Organisers leading groups delivering essential supplies who would like to know more should contact Coastliner by email, at: helpingout@transdevbus.co.uk.

Meanwhile additional measures are in place to reassure everyone that Coastliner are safe to use. The cleaning regime is thorough, with each bus cleaned inside and out every night, while extra valeting is taking place during the day at bus stations.

Additionally, the number of extra cleans buses receive during the day has been raised, while the use of disinfectant, particularly on well-used surfaces, has been increased.

Soap and hot water is available to all bus drivers where they take their breaks as usual – and in addition, all drivers are being given personal sanitiser gel kits for use when they are on the move.

 

 

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Peter croft, on 17th March 2020 10:58am
Well done coastliner, are we about to see a revival in community spirit where people are valued more than profit

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