Wales drops essential travel only message


The Welsh Government has withdrawn its message that public transport in the country was restricted to essential travel by key workers and people with no alternative mode of transport.

Officials said the move comes as the number of coronavirus cases continues to fall and is the latest in the Welsh Government’s ‘step-by-step approach’ to making changes to coronavirus restrictions.


Lee Waters, deputy minister for economy and transport, said: ‘As we continue to carefully ease restrictions we are able to lift the essential travel message that was in place to allow our key workers to travel safely.

‘But with the virus still in circulation it’s essential that people act responsibility when using public transport. This will involve planning journeys to avoid busy periods if possible, and washing or sanitising hands at the start and end of each trip.

‘Face coverings are mandatory on public transport and could lead to passengers being refused travel if they are not being worn.

‘I’d like to thank all those who’ve helped keep Wales safe so far, including the staff who have kept our public transport network running during these difficult times.’

Officials acknowledged that the requirement to wear a face covering on public transport is subject to various exceptions.

James Price, CEO of Transport for Wales, said: ‘The safety of colleagues and customers is our top priority and we’ve increased our safety measures on our trains, buses and at our stations.

‘At our railway stations there are one-way systems, clear instructional signs, hand sanitiser facilities, extra staff and cleaners.’


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