Translink is advising passengers to plan ahead following the lifting of the latest circuit-breaker at the weekend and the start of the Christmas rush.

The company are also expecting increased demand, as people arrive into the airports for Christmas and students head home for the festive break.

Translink’s Director of Service Operations Ian Campbell said: “We want everyone to enjoy safe travel, by following the Covid-19 guidance. We recommend that everyone travelling with us plans their journey in advance using our Journey Planner and travels off-peak if possible.

“Passengers are also reminded of some simple steps to help us ‘Go Safely Together’.

"It is mandatory to wear a face covering on board our bus and train services and at stations, unless exempt. We would also recommend that our customers observe good hand hygiene and socially distance to stay safe. As a further protective measure, we are operating a ‘no-change’ policy on board and we are encouraging the use of cashless payment methods”.

Passengers are being asked to book online in advance, as numbers on board are limited to allow for social distancing and Translink adjusting services as necessary.

Ian continued: “Safety is our top priority and we have a range of effective and detailed safety and cleaning measures in place to protect our staff and passengers. These include regular deep cleaning of vehicles and facilities using long lasting anti-viral disinfectant products, with mobile cleaning teams out during the day."

Passengers are advised to plan their journey in advance on the Translink website: WWW.TRANSLINK.CO.UK or by using Translink’s journey planner.

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