Tourism tick for Burnley Bus Company is just the ticket

The Burnley Bus Company’s positive campaign to get folk moving safely and help them enjoy the summer has won a ‘tourism tick’ confidence mark from national tourism agency VisitEngland.

Debbie Barton (left) and Uma Ali from The Burnley Bus Company celebrate the award of a tourism tick confidence mark to the bus firm by tourism agency VisitEngland
Debbie Barton (left) and Uma Ali from The Burnley Bus Company celebrate the award of a tourism tick confidence mark to the bus firm by tourism agency VisitEngland

The award recognises parent company Transdev’s industry-leading ‘Clean, Safe, Ready to Go’ mission to provide the highest standard of cleanliness and safety on each of its buses serving communities and visitor attractions in Lancashire and across the North.

The news comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared an immediate return to the use of public transport, ahead of a further relaxation of restrictions next month, including the end of the Government’s “work from home” advice.

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To qualify for VisitEngland’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and confidence mark, The Burnley Bus Company demonstrated that all social distancing and cleanliness protocols are in place on every one of its buses.

The new award follows the success of the bus firm’s own unique customer communications campaign, designed to dispel any concerns about using buses now that pandemic lockdown restrictions have eased.

The Burnley Bus Company cheif executive Alex Hornby said: “We’re delighted that VisitEngland recognises the hard work by our amazing teams to show that travelling by bus is still as enjoyable and safe as ever. Coming on top of the Prime Minister’s vote of confidence in us, which means people can now travel by bus for any reason, this award gives further reassurance that it’s now time to return to the bus.

“Our buses serve many of the North’s most popular visitor attractions, including theme parks and historic cities and towns. We’ve gradually increased our service levels to around 80 per cent of our full timetable, and we’re ready to add more as customers re-join us on the bus this summer – we can’t wait to welcome them back to normality on our buses.

“We’re now ready to play a leading role to get people back to work, back to the shops, back to leisure and back to education, while helping to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution in our towns and cities. It’s time to come home to the bus.”