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More changes to Crawley’s bus timetables as demand drops by 90%

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As passenger demand for Crawley’s buses drops by 90% following the government’s advice not to travel Metrobus has welcomed the government’s decision today to provide £167m of new funding, which will be made available to bus operators for at least the next 12 weeks.

Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris said this positive development reflected the bus company’s own determination and commitment to ensuring key workers and people making essential journeys can get to where they need to by bus.

As part of this commitment, Metrobus will introduce a revised timetable from Saturday 4 April, with an emphasis on maintaining bus services for key workers and for people making essential journeys, while reducing other services and withdrawing some routes.

Martin said:

“The additional funding made available by government will help us continue to ensure passenger load numbers are well managed and to maintain the two-metre guidelines while still getting key workers and other people to where they need to be.

“The service patterns are designed to ensure we observe the government’s 50% passenger loading limit for each journey. In reality, few journeys will get near to this limit but we will monitor this very carefully.”

Changes include:

  • New timetables for Fastway 10, Fastway 20 and Routes 23, 93, 270 and 291.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday services will no longer operate on Routes 23, 93, 98, 270 and 291.
  • Withdrawal of Routes 21, 22, 84, 273, 281 and 318 from 4 April until further notice, due to very low passenger numbers.
  • Minor amendments to Routes 1, 2 and 3.
  • Metrobus’ new routes in Epsom, the E9 and E10, which start operating on 4 April, will run to a reduced timetable.

Martin said:

“We are working hard to provide the right level of service for our communities. Our primary focus is get NHS staff to the area’s hospitals and other key workers to and from work while helping people travel when they need to collect essentials and prescriptions. 

“This will mean that fewer journeys will operate on some routes but we are making sure we run buses at the times when they are most needed.

“We would like to thank all of our passengers for their understanding so far for the short notice changes we have made to services, as well as all the heart-warming messages of support that we have received from you. I know they mean a lot to our drivers.

“I am exceptionally proud of how our drivers and other frontline colleagues have risen to the challenge of keeping services going and how well we have all supported one another during these difficult times.”

Meanwhile, the bus company is maintaining an enhanced cleaning schedule, including bus deep cleans, while paying particular attention to frequent touch-points, like hand rails and stop buttons.

Passengers are encouraged to pay by contactless or mobile phone – rather than cash – to reduce the risk to drivers and to observe social distancing requirements. Social distancing posters will soon be appearing on buses.

You can find updated timetables on the service level information page. The changes come in on Saturday 4 April and will last until further notice. 

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Breaking the ‘sex ban’ can cost a Crawley resident up to £3200

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It has been called the most farcical of rules but as the Government updated their coronavirus rules then so it has begun to sink in with media outlets across the UK that this is essentially a sex ban.

The amendments made to the rules say that no person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a private or public place indoors and consists of two or more persons!

According to the government this is to make sure people are not staying away from home at night. But the reality is very different.

If you have a ‘special friend’ or partner you do not live with and wish to have some ‘fun’ together then you are going to have to wait a little longer.

The fines start at £100 (£50 if paid within 14 days) but for repeat offenders it goes up as high as £3200.

Already #sexban has been trending on twitter.

But what is not clear is how the police, who are already over stretched, would even be able to control this?

One Bewbush resident commented on the news:

“So if I decide for some hanky panky with my girlfriend when she comes over am I going to be interrupted mid sesh with some plod stood over me writing a fine?”

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