Omicron bites at bus services

Brylaine’s X313 NNO, an Alexander ALX400- bodied Dennis Trident new to Stagecoach London, crosses Boston Market Place on an IC7 working to Skegness. The route will no longer run on Saturdays, with passengers being directed to use the similar Stagecoach 57 instead.

Passenger numbers began to slip in mid December, according to DfT figures for England, publication of which was suspended across the holiday period.

The latest and more infectious variant of Covid, Omicron, caused the UK government to introduce a 'Plan B' of counteractive measures, including an instruction to return to working from home in England if possible.

A requirement for infected people to isolate has also taken its toll on staff numbers, with operators again forced to cancel services or introduce temporary timetables.

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