A ‘Good to Go’ certification from Visit England has recognised the commitment of Reading Buses to best practice guidelines surrounding Covid-19 measures.
The bus operator has been recognised by the national tourist board for England as being at the forefront of ensuring the spread of the virus is limited by maintaining high levels of cleanliness and encouraging good social distancing.
“We are delighted to be given this certification which means we can confidently say that when our customers need us we are Good to Go,” said Reading Buses Chief Executive Officer Robert Williams.
To achieve the Good to Go marque, Visit England say businesses need to show clear evidence of following the Government’s and the industry’s guidelines concerning cleanliness and social distancing.
Robert listed some of the measures that the company has undertaken. “We have worked incredibly hard to keep our operation running during this difficult period.
“The measures include key elements:
- Extra cleaning of buses, with special attention paid to frequently touched areas such as hand poles and bells
- Installing hand sanitiser stations on all our buses
- Limiting capacity on our buses to allow for social distancing – currently allowing for the ‘one metre plus’ rule
- Ensuring all buses have screens for the driver and that seats directly behind them are blocked off
- Increasing service levels to normal frequencies to allow extra capacity to match easing of lockdown restrictions
- Installing social distancing measures, plus information posters, within the depot to help keep our employees safe
“We ask our customers,” he added, “to remember they should always follow the Government guidelines on travelling by public transport whilst the virus is still around.”