BUS services across Barnsley will temporarily change from Monday, Travel South Yorkshire has announced.

A reduced timetable will operate across the region until further notice, following government advice around social contact to combat coronavirus.

Travel South Yorkshire is advising passengers needing to make essential journeys on public transport to check before they travel at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/service changes as reduced timetables will operate across the region until further notice. The timetables have been designed to ensure that critical routes are maintained wherever possible.

Tim Taylor, director of customer services for South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, says:

“Government guidance on containing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) means more people are working from home, schools are closing and social activities are on hold. This has inevitably led to a decrease in demand for bus services across the region.

“Bus operators are also facing the same challenges as other employers, reporting an increase in staff absences as people are being encouraged to self-isolate to keep others safe.

“But we know many people still need to travel to work, including key workers, or to support family and friends. These timetable changes will keep the bus network running for essential journeys, while responding to the impact this unprecedented situation has had on the demand for public transport in the region.

“We will continue to work with operators to monitor this fast-moving situation, liaise closely with government and other authorities, and respond as appropriate to prioritise passenger and staff safety and wellbeing. Anyone feeling unwell with symptoms of Coronavirus a new, continuous cough or a high temperature should follow government advice and not travel, to help to protect others from infection.”

Details of the revised timetables, and the latest updates on tram and rail services, can be found at travelsouthyorkshire.com/service changes

The Traveline team is available on 01709 515151 between 8am and 6pm seven days week to answer customer queries. Travel South Yorkshire social media channels will also be updated with the latest information.

Due to the closure of schools to most pupils, the majority of dedicated school bus services will cease. Most schools are served by commercial timetabled services, however in isolated areas some school buses may continue to operate for the time being.