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Free Travel for NHS Staff on City Region Buses and Merseyrail

by Gemma Melling

From Friday, 10 April, NHS staff will be able to travel for free on buses and Merseyrail trains across the city region.

The announcement was made by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, working with transport operators Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseyrail.

Mayor Rotheram said: “We want to do everything we can to support our frontline NHS workers as they bravely battle the Coronavirus, so I’m very pleased that today Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseyrail have responded to my call and agreed to provide free transport for our NHS heroes.

“This is the latest transport measure the Combined Authority and transport operators have been able to bring forward to support use of our transport network for essential journeys, including the temporary suspension of Mersey Tunnel tolls and relaxing the rules on concessionary travel for those who absolutely have to travel for medicines and other essential items.

“The advice of course remains that people should only travel if absolutely necessary during this period of lockdown.”

NHS staff will be able to travel for free on production of a valid NHS photo staff pass as they board the bus, at Merseyrail stations or on Merseyrail trains.

The move has been made possible as a condition of operators continuing to receive payments made under the concessionary travel scheme, under which the number of journeys has plummeted as people adhere to the rules, stay home and make only absolutely essential journeys.

The period of free travel will be kept under review alongside other temporary transport measures implemented in response to the coronavirus crisis and during the period of lockdown.