Bright Bus Tours is back

Measures put in place for a safe return to sightseeing

After postponing services due to the coronavirus, Bright Bus Tours is making a comeback to the streets of Edinburgh.

Bright Bus, which is operated by First Bus, has undertaken measures to ensure social distancing, cleanliness and adherence to government guidelines in preparation of getting back on tour. Each vehicle will be deep cleaned at the end of each day, including a fogging technique designed to kill all bacteria for up to 28 days. Passengers will be directed to their seats by staff, who will be wearing PPE, to ensure that social distancing guidelines are met throughout the journey.

The tour bus operation was relaunched with a promotional stunt seeing a giant mask placed over one of its vehicles’ fronts to highlight the additional safety measures it is taking in light of the pandemic. Branded bright orange face masks will be handed out to passengers who have booked a tour with Bright Bus on its inaugural day back.

Tony Kenmuir, Tour Operations Manager for Bright Bus, said: “It has been a really positive step forward to see Bright Bus back and ready for action. As we move into the thick of the summer holidays, people – especially those with children – are looking for safe and fun outdoor activities to do and our tours provide a great day out.

“We’re expecting a significant rise in the number of UK domestic passengers this summer – and even a good few from Edinburgh – as more people are choosing to go on ‘staycations’ and explore the great sights we have to see at home.

“Whilst our relaunch has a definite sense of Bright Bus style, our message is a serious one, designed to instil confidence in everyone looking to take a tour with us, that we have taken all measures to create a safe environment.”

The hop-on hop-off Edinburgh buses run every 20 minutes, seven days a week, with the first tour starting at St Andrew Square at 9am. Tickets can be booked online or purchased from staff on the day.

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