BUS bosses have announced further reductions to timetables as efforts to halt the spread of coronavirus continue.

From Sunday, March 29, services operated by First Bus will run to a broadly Sunday timetable level but with additional journeys earlier in the morning to sustain services for those key workers and emergency service staff who need to make "essential" journeys.

The company has said it is committed to continuing services "wherever possible" so that those who need to make journeys such as for food shopping or, if they are a "critical" worker, to get to their place of employment, can continue to do so.

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The announcement comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus, including advice that people should leave home only to exercise once a day, travel to and from work where "absolutely necessary," shop for essential items or to fulfil any medical or care needs.

Recent days have seen the number of people using bus services continue to reduce as they adhere to the government lockdown.

First has written to the Local Traffic Commissioner about its intentions, as well as keeping council chiefs and key stakeholders up to date.

Andrew Jarvis, managing director of First Glasgow, said: “With much of the UK effectively ordered to stay at home for at least the next few weeks, we have made the decision to move to a reduced service timetable to support those who still need to get to and from work and get out to shops and pharmacies, whilst fulfilling our own role as vital key workers during this time of national crisis.

“Just a few weeks ago, it was almost inconceivable that these restrictions would be in place, which only underlines what a challenging, dynamic and rapidly evolving situation the UK faces, and one which First Glasgow is monitoring and responding to day by day, hour by hour.

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“It’s important to emphasise that we are in constant contact with stakeholders, including local authorities and ministers, and rest assured everything is being done to keep those key workers mobile as the nation comes together to limit the spread of coronavirus.

“I would like to personally thank everyone at First Glasgow, who have been absolutely fantastic at keeping the wheels turning for people.

“Regular customers can be assured we will endeavour to get more frequent services back up and running as soon as the Government decides it is safe to do so.”

People are advised to refer to the First Glasgow website for the most up-to-date service information and travel advice. It is available HERE.