Special timetable changes to support key workers
First Manchester is moving all services to a special timetable from Monday 30 March to ensure key workers, including health service and emergency workers, can get to and from their places of work and those who need to can still collect medical prescriptions or do their essential shopping.
Services will operate to Sunday timetables but will start at the usual morning times on weekdays and Saturdays.
Customers are advised to visit the First Manchester website to view full details of the new services.
The announcement comes after the Government outlined strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus, including advice that people should leave home only to exercise once a day, travel to and from work where "absolutely necessary", shop for essential items and to fulfil any medical or care needs.
Ian Humphreys, Managing Director of First Manchester, 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 special timetable to support those who still need to get to and from work and get out to shops and pharmacies.
“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 service information in the First Bus app for example, may not reflect updated timetables immediately so customers are advised to refer in the first instance to the First Manchester website https://www.firstgroup.com/greater-manchester for the most up to date service information, travel advice and information about coronavirus. The company is working hard to reflect the latest service information across all digital channels.