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UK News Coronavirus Scotland: Changes to flights, trains and buses

17:25  18 march  2020
17:25  18 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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As coronavirus sweeps the country, thousands of people are likely to be affected by changes in travel in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has urged people to stay at home and practice "social distancing" to stop the spread of the virus.

It comes as the Foreign Office was has advised against all non-essential foreign travel for 30 days.

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Here we give the latest update on transport in Scotland:

Trains

ScotRail is currently running services as normal across the country.

But it announced it will stop selling tickets on trains amid the coronavirus outbreak to avoid "unnecessary contact".

The measure has been put in place while they "do everything we can" to keep people moving and able to travel to work, particularly those who work in the emergency services.

ScotRail is also working closely with the Scottish Government and the NHS to protect customers and staff.

A cleaning regime across all services has been put in place, focusing on customer touchpoints such as grab rails, door buttons, tables, arm rests, taps, toilets and sink surfaces.

Ticket machines and hand rails in stations will also be cleaned, while hot water and soap is provided in toilets.

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A spokesperson said: "The latest government advice is naturally having an impact on ScotRail, including passenger numbers and how many staff we have available.

"At this stage rail services are operating as normal. We are looking at contingencies and we’ll keep customers updated."

Caledonian Sleeper is set to operate a normal service for as long as possible, however the Club Car and Station Guest Lounges will be closed with food served as room service.

Most rail operators with trains running in Scotland have made it easier to get a refund or change tickets by waiving administration fees.

This includes Scotrail, Avanti West Coast, Scotrail, LNER, CrossCountry and TransPennine Express.

Flights

Scottish airline Loganair has announced it will run an emergency timetable due to a drop in the number of bookings.

Routes impacted include those from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Kirkwall and Sumburgh.

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Lifeline services to islands will be running but at reduced timetables.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Easyjet cancelled all flights from the UK to Spain © Reuters Easyjet cancelled all flights from the UK to Spain

Virgin Atlantic is cutting their majority of flights while IAG, which owns British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus, is stopping 75% of travel.

Meanwhile, Easyjet cancelled all flights from the UK to Spain and Ryanair will also ground most of its fleet in Europe.

TUI has announced that it is suspending hotel stays, package holidays and cruises until further notice.

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Airports in Scotland have stopped doing temperature checks on Scottish Government advice was that it is not an effective way of identifying cases.

Glasgow Airport has closed its Upper Deck Lounge and long-stay car park, and was "enhancing their already thorough cleaning procedures".

Edinburgh Airport said it had "enhanced our cleaning procedures which were already thorough and robust".

Ferries

CalMac are currently running a full timetable.

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a large ship in a body of water: CalMac are currently running a full timetable © PA CalMac are currently running a full timetable

Buses

Bus operators are running normal services across Scotland.

However, most are introducing rigorous cleaning methods to ensure the safety of customers and drivers.

This includes Stagecoach, Lothian buses, FirstGroup and Borders Buses.

Megabus has reduced the available number of seats on double-deck vehicles to give drivers and customers more personal space.

Subway

The subway in Glasgow is running as usual.

However, SPT has increased cleaning schedules in all public areas, in particular around ticket offices, touch points and on trains.

Trams

Trams in Edinburgh are set to run a normal service, however an enhanced cleaning process is now in place.

Stronger grade disinfectant will be used throughout the trams with particular attention paid to frequently touched points such as poles and doors.

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