Stagecoach has confirmed it will be increasing bus service levels from today to help get the country moving as lockdown restrictions start to ease.

Emergency bus timetables have been in place since March to help key workers get to and from work and for other essential journeys.

Following the announcement by the UK Government of a new bus, tram and light rail restart programme, Stagecoach has confirmed plans for a phased step-up in services as more people return to work and other parts of daily life reopen.

From today, bus network timetables in Cumbria and North Lancashire will initially return to around 80 per cent of pre-COVID-19 levels with potential for further uplift from July.

Stagecoach has put in place extensive enhanced measures to keep buses clean and passengers and staff safe to ensure people can feel confident about using buses.