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Coastliner Heroes praise York hard workers

Published Monday, 22 June 2020

Coastliner have launched a special liveried bus to recognise NHS staff and York workers that have come together to tackle coronavirus.

The bus features some of our local heroes including both volunteers and frontline staff at City of York Council. The Council has been celebrating the city’s resilience and unity by launching the #YorkKind campaign, which shares stories and experiences from key workers and volunteers throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

#YorkKind campaign: https://www.york.gov.uk/YorkKind

Coastliner and our other partner organisations such as York Pullman Buses, First York and Business in the Community, have made huge changes to the way they operate to help slow the spread of the virus and keep frontline services going.

Buses are deep cleaned every night and drivers carry kits to clean touchpoints throughout the day, as well as introducing hand sanitiser dispensers on board. 

Different payment and ticket options are available, including buying mobile tickets through apps and contactless payments on board.

To keep passengers safe, the number of people on each bus are limited so you can spread out on board.  Some seats on the bus can’t be used, and are signed to let you know so you are encouraged to sit apart, and not too close to our drivers.

For more information and travel updates in York, visit: https://www.itravelyork.info/news/coronavirus-travel-information

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities said:

“This has been a challenging time for everyone, however it’s great to see the city’s workers, volunteers and residents coming together to ensure help was available to those who needed it during the response to the pandemic.

"The key worker themed Coastliner bus is a great way to show our thanks to council staff, partners, volunteers and residents of York for their continued service to the city.”

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby said:

“As key workers themselves, our teams at York and Malton know how important it is to help others who need to make a journey by bus. Thanks to them, our buses are clean, safe and ready to go.

“There are many unsung heroes who deserve our community's thanks for their contribution throughout the pandemic, so we're recognising them by featuring their photos on our 'Yorkshire Heroes’ bus, along with the jobs they do – including our amazing NHS workers and those who support them."

“In partnership with the Yorkshire Post, we invited nominations to appear on this very special bus, one of a series we've created across the North. We're delighted with the positive response from people who share our desire to recognise those who continue to do so much for us all."

Watch out for more stories of kindness by following #YorkKind.