CPT publishes case for using all forward facing coach seats

CPT has published a case for using all forward facing seats on a coach.

The move follows a similar case CPT published for buses, which allowed the use of every forward facing seat on the vehicle, allowing capacity to increase.

A spokesperson from CPT said: “Coaches play a vital role in helping people all over the country to connect, and coach operators have made sure that safety measures are in place to ensure people can travel with confidence. This includes measures such as enhanced cleaning as well as clean air filters and anti-bac stations onboard coaches.

“With restrictions easing more people want to travel longer distances and coach journeys are expected to be busier than we have seen during the pandemic. This means services will have more capacity and when it is busy passengers may have to sit next to someone.”

CPT’s document sets out a series of measures for lowering the risk of viral infection onboard coaches. It takes into account low levels of infection across the country and the ongoing vaccination programme.

Its case currently only applies to England and the trade body suggests taking into account local circumstances.

Since coaches made their return to trips and tours for a brief period in August and September last year, there have been questions raised on perceived inconsistencies in seating arrangements on different forms of public transport, with other modes not under the same restrictions as coaches. The issue re-emerged earlier this year as the prospect of a return to coaching became apparent (see B&CB 1584, 12 March).

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