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Key Workers Thank Key Workers!

1 month ago Fri 1st May 2020

Our Slough-based Thames Valley Buses colleagues are saying a big thank you to all key workers amid the coronavirus situation.

Colleagues have engaged with the local community to ask for posters to decorate a bus as a thank you to key workers – and have received a deluge from both customers and employees. The posters have come from both children and adults ranging from stylishly artistic to the more simplistic rainbows that have been seen adorning homes and businesses up and down the country.

The driving team have also been engaging in the weekly ‘Clap for Carers’ which takes place every Thursday. This event has become incredibly popular and has brought the community together to show support, solidarity and hope.

staying safe and healthy

It’s not just about showing support though, as Thames Valley Buses have been doing lots to ensure that both customers and employees stay safe and healthy. New measures have been introduced including temporary protective screens being fitted to drivers’ cabs, an increased cleaning regime and supplying drivers with protective equipment. They are also asking customers to help by following best practice such as boarding one at a time, coughing or sneezing hygienically and encouraging the use of cashless methods of payments.

There are also continual reviews of customer numbers to ensure that there is enough resource to match demand safely as well as meet customer needs. A good example of this is the recent retiming of a journey on route 5 to connect with another bus operator at Wexham Park hospital to ensure that their staff don’t have long waits to change buses.

Steven Tooke, leading driver at Slough, said: “I’m immensely proud of the team spirit team and thankful to those that are using the buses as essential journeys only. We are key-workers that want to thank other key workers!”

“The unique display of rainbow posters on board has had an overwhelmingly positive response. The bus is intended to spread joy to the local community, by the local community. A special thank you goes to Cippenham Infant School who provided artwork to display on board, amongst many others”.

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