London buses: 13 things you can do to stay safe as they become busier – Get Bucks
More people can now board a bus in London at one time, in line with the easing of government social distancing guidelines from two metres to one metre plus.
Double-decker buses can carry 30 passengers, while single-deckers, depending on size, can carry either 11 or 14 passengers. Before the pandemic, double decker buses typically carried around 87 people.
You’ll also have to now pay for every bus journey. This is because enhanced safety measures mean traditional front-boarding is safe again and happening on most buses. So, customers are once again required to touch in with Oyster, contactless or concessionary cards on all buses.
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A number of things are being done to continue to keep you safe while travelling on buses.
Cleaning and hygiene measures have been introduced across the network, “to make it cleaner than ever before” according to Transport for London.
Regular ‘touch point’ areas, such as poles and doors, are wiped down with strong disinfectant every day, and hospital grade cleaning substances are also used.
And while these measures certainly help, there are a number of things you can do to stay safe on London buses as they get busier.
Here’s 13 of them:
1. Find a seat next to the window if you can
And open the windows to improve ventilation.
2. Sit individually in each pair of seats
With the exception of those travelling in household groups.
3. Space yourself as far away from other passengers as possible
Keep a two-metre distance where possible, or at least one metre distance while taking precautions. Make use of the top deck on double deckers too.
4. Do not dwell near the driver’s cab
Don’t hang around near the bus drivers when you board and touch in – for their safety and your own.
5. Read the signs
Clear signs on buses and at some stops mark the new passenger limits, as well as how far to stand from other passengers.
6. Respect the one-off, one-on policy
This operates on buses that are at full capacity, meaning drivers may continue along the route without stopping to pick up passengers.
7. Listen to the bus driver
They can allow more passengers on board if they are travelling in household groups, so don’t be alarmed if more people seem to be boarding.
8. Travel at quieter times
Avoid travelling during the peak times, which are from 5.45am to 8.15am, and 4pm to 5.30pm.
9. Wear a face covering
This is mandatory, so you risk getting refused entry or fined if you don’t. Make sure it covers your your nose and mouth for the duration of your journey, including at stations. That is unless you are exempt, of course.
10. Wash your hands
At the beginning and at the end of your journey.
11. Carry hand sanitiser with you, if you can
Sanitiser points are in place across the transport network, but it’s good to carry your own anyway.
12. Keep up-to-date
“Stay alert to the latest Government advice on how to stay safe as restrictions on travel are gradually eased,” TfL said.
13. Avoid the bus altogether
Unless necessary, and walk or cycle instead if possible.
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