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First Aberdeen announces reduced timetable due to Covid-19

Tuesday March 24th 2020 at 6:04 PM

Bus operator First Aberdeen says services will run to a revised Sunday timetable from Thursday, as it deals with the coronavirus pandemic.

The company says there will be additional morning journeys added, to ensure key workers and emergency service staff can still make journeys in the area.

Andrew Jarvis, managing director, 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 Sunday 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 Aberdeen is monitoring and responding to day-by-day, hour-by-hour.

“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.

“We are doing everything possible to deploy staff across our operations with a view to minimising the impacts for everybody. 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.

“Please bear with us as given the fast-changing nature of the situation it will be difficult to keep all our communication channels updated with the latest information.”

The company says the First Bus app will not reflect updated timetables, with customers urged to check the First Aberdeen website for up-to-date service information.

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