Bus bosses plea to Northamptonshire's key workers: Tell us what services you need

Emergency timetables start running across the county on Monday

Bus company Stagecoach have opened the door for key workers to tell them if their emergency timetables are not working.

The firm, which operates routes across Northamptonshire, will be running a largely Sunday service from Monday (March 30).

Planners have already had to shred one set of rewritten schedules after Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a lockdown on Monday, signalling a massive drop in passenger numbers during the coronavirus crisis.

Queues for buses in Northampton on Tuesday despite the lockdown. Photo: Leila Coker

Stagecoach also need to protect its own bus drivers but are determined to keep services running to get essential staff to work.

Click here to check the new bus times from Monday.NHS staff at Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General are a particular concern and the company have put a dedicated feedback page on their website to highlight issues.

Stagecoach CEO Martin Griffiths said: "Things have moved incredibly quickley and we’ve tried hard with our temporary timetables to make sure we continue to maintain critical routes.

"But if you feel we haven’t got things quite right with these or you’re concerned about the number of people travelling on your service making it difficult to practice social distancing, please go to our website and let us know.

"Timetables that were originally planned to come in on March 30 were made available. But following the Prime Ministers announcement imposing further restrictions on movements on Monday, we have had to review the services that were due to come into effect from .

"Instead, we will now run a level of service similar to Sundays with additional journeys added early morning and in the evening to cater for NHS staff and key worker shift patterns.

"We will also run a limited service in areas that don’t have Sunday routes to avoid areas being cut off.

"In line with the Prime Minister’s announcements we would ask our customers to only travel if essential for them to do so."