As lockdown is eased, Fife Council is working hard to get its Fife Bus service back up and running, with the service being re-introduced from Monday 17 August.
Fife Bus, Fife Council’s Demand Responsive Transport Service (DRT), provides a free door-to-door transport for people who are unable to access mainstream public transport due to some form of reduced mobility.
From Monday 17 August, a revised service will be in place across Fife 9:00am – 5:30pm (Mon - Sun), when there is most demand for the service from customers. This service will be bookable from Friday 14 August. Bookings will only be taken the day before travel, with Sunday and Monday bookings taken on a Friday.
To ensure both service users and staff are kept safe, Covid-19 protection measures will be in place, including PPE for staff, enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures. This means that only two passengers can access the vehicle at any one time. As with other public transport services, passengers will be required to wear a face covering whilst travelling, unless they have an exempt medical condition.
Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of the Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “I am pleased that we are now able to re-start our important Fife Bus service. Essential changes are in place to protect and safeguard older people and our vulnerable clients who have difficulty using mainstream public transport.
“Fife Council continues to review and adjust its activities to maintain critical services to Fifers, in line with updates from the government about Covid-19. Going forward, this service will be reviewed and changed to meet demand.”
At this time, the service will prioritise people who need to make essential trips, for example to attend medical appointments, GP visits, essential shopping trips etc.
To find out more and to find out where you can travel to and from, and on what days, please see the FifeBus page at www.fife.gov.uk/fifebus
Customers should note:
- There will be only two passengers on a vehicle at any given time.
- Drivers will apply strict hygiene measures, such as wiping down door handles/seat grips between journeys.
- Passengers will be required to wear face coverings.
- At the time of booking passengers will be asked if they are fit and well enough to travel. Those who are feeling unwell should refrain from travelling.
The council will continue to review the Fife Bus service in line with changing circumstances and any Government advice/measures and we will keep customers informed of any changes.
For further information about the service please call Fife Council’s dedicated dial number - 03451 55 11 88.