Salisbury Reds reducing bus timetable for some routes

Salisbury Reds reducing bus timetable for some routes

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:00am 5th April 2020.

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The operator's bringing in a change to timetables from today (Sunday 5th April), until further notice).

Salisbury Reds is running fewer buses on many of their services from now on 'due to the ongoing coronavirus situation', as we're asked to make 'essential travel only'.

WHICH ROUTES ARE AFFECTED?

  • R1 - Bemerton Heath, city centre, Salisbury District Hospital - reduced to one every half hour
  • R2 - Bishopdown - one an hour
  • R4 - Paul's Dene - one per hour
  • R5 - West Harnham  - one an hour
  • R6 - Laverstock - hourly service
  • R10 -  Devizes Road and St Peters Place - one an hour
  • Service 2 - Salisbury to Devizes - one service each hour
  • PR3 - Bulbridge and Wilton - one an hour
  • PR7 - Bishopdown Farm - hourly service
  • PR9 - SUSPENDED until further notice
  • PR11 - Old Sarum - one an hour
  • PR15 - Southampton Road - one service each hour
  • X4/X5 - Salisbury, Amesbury, Larkhill - one an hour
  • X7/X7R - Salisbury, Alderbury, Whiteparish, Wellow, Romsey, Southampton - reduced to one an hour
  • Activ8 services had already altered their timetable, which will continue to run 

If your normal bus route isn't listed here, it will continue to run on its normal timetable.

Wiltshire Council has already that all of Salisbury's Park and Ride sites will also be closed from today (Sunday 5th April).

The full timetables for the affected routes listed above can be found on the Salisbury Reds website.

OTHER CHANGES

A few of the services on the routes mentioned have also been altered, after requests from key workers to help them get around.

Here's some examples: 

  • The first PR3 from Wilton will now leave at 6.24am instead of 6.32am - to enable a connection with the R1 which serves Salisbury District Hospital
  • PR11 to Old Sarum will operate 10 minutes earlier than planned, so now the first journey will be 6.20am
  • The 7.05pm X4 from Salisbury will serve the Beehive park and ride site - and will run via Old Sarum

Andrew Wickham, Salisbury Reds managing director said:

“We understand the need for key workers to travel to-and-from work in order to provide vital public services.

“With that in mind, we asked anyone who falls within this category who is experiencing difficulties in travelling, to contact us via the website and social media. We promised we would do all we could to assist. The feedback we have received has given us the opportunity to adjust our temporary timetable. 

 “We must stay flexible, and are changing our services to help make connections to Salisbury District Hospital easier.

“Like everyone else in the UK, we are hugely grateful to all those working tirelessly in the NHS - and within other vital services - particularly during this testing time. I would also like to thank our own team for doing everything possible to help key workers get travel, so they can carry out their roles.”

We're told all services remain under review as the Covid-19 restrictions are in place.

WHAT ELSE ARE SALISBURY REDS DOING? 

Some other changes are being made on services, to protect staff and customers.

Passengers are asked to avoid using cash for their fares where possible, encouraging to use cards or their clickit2ride app.

The front seats will be temporarily out of use to increase space between the driver and passengers.

On-board voice announcements have also been updated to remind passengers to wash their hands regularly, and to practice social distancing - keeping two metres apart - when queueing at bus stops.

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