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Changes to bus services across the Highlands, including Inverness, to combat coronavirus

By Andrew Dixon

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Temporary changes to bus services across the Highlands are being introduced by Stagecoach from Monday following new government advice around social contact and non-essential travel to help combat the coronavirus.

A reduced timetable will operate across the region until further notice.

The bus company says the timetables have been carefully created to ensure that critical routes are maintained wherever possible.

Services in Inverness, Black Isle, Easter Ross, Caithness and Aviemore will be operating to a temporary timetable. Services in Skye and Orkney will continue to operate to the winter timetable. Service 10 Inverness-Aberdeen will operate to a Sunday timetable.

The reduction in service follows extensive action by bus operators to enhance cleaning regimes and protect the safety and wellbeing of customers and employees.

David Beaton, managing director for Stagecoach Highlands, said: “Along with other bus operators and key sectors, we are working hard to support the national effort to tackle the current challenging situation.

"The safety of our customers and our employees is at the heart of everything we do. We also know that our bus services play a vital role in keeping the country running and ensuring key sector personnel get to work.

“Following the latest government advice, we have reviewed our timetables and made temporary changes which reflect the reduced level of travel. Our objective has been to focus resources on where we know they are needed most at this time.

“We are working hard to best maintain essential services, safeguard jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of a sector which is central to our economy and communities.

“We will continue to monitor the position, liaise closely with government and other authorities, and respond as appropriate to what is a dynamic situation.”

Since the impact of the coronavirus in the UK, Stagecoach has implemented additional hygiene measures to protect passengers, bus drivers and office-based staff.

There has been more frequent cleaning of hand poles and grab rails.

Travel shops in Inverness and Elgin will also close until further notice.

For full details of new timetables, visit stagecoachbus.com

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