People warned not to overcrowd vehicles on South Yorkshire public transport

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South Yorkshire public transport companies have reassured people that their services will still be available for essential journeys, but have warned of reduced capacity and urged people to ‘consider others’ when using buses, trams and trains.

Travel South Yorkshire has issued a statement telling people to try to stay local and only use public transport if they really need to.

The group added that people should not leave your home except for legally permitted reasons, and should work from home unless it is not possible to do so.

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It also added: “Walk or cycle if you can. Due to social distancing, there will be reduced space on transport services and you may have to wait. Be patient and flexible when you travel, avoid peak times and consider others.

Buses Sheffield City Centre. Picture: Chris EtchellsBuses Sheffield City Centre. Picture: Chris Etchells
Buses Sheffield City Centre. Picture: Chris Etchells

“You must wear a face covering when using public transport if you can, keep a safe distance, wash or sanitise your hands frequently and use contactless payment or buy your ticket in advance.”

Stagecoach echoed this advice.