CT4N suspends services following driver’s death

CT4N, the commercial bus operating arm of Nottingham Community Transport, has suspended operations following the death of one of its drivers from coronavirus and confirmation that another driver has been infected.

 

Nottingham Community Transport chairman Andrew Grieve says CT4N and the parent company took the decision to suspend services from last weekend in light of concerns by staff, management and union about the effectiveness of the health and safety procedures and techniques being used to reduce the risk of infection within the workplace and between drivers and passengers.

 

Driver Andrew Howe (48) died on 26 March after being taken ill while on holiday. He had last driven a CT4N bus six days earlier and the cause of death was confirmed on 9 April. A second driver was admitted to hospital on 10 April with suspected coronavirus symptoms.

 

“We owe a duty of care to our passengers, but also to our staff to provide them with a safe working environment,” says Grieve. “We are a small company and we truly value the staff who work with us. We have therefore made the decision to suspend operations until we are convinced that the risks are manageable for passengers and staff alike.”

 

From next Monday, Nottingham City Transport will provide a temporary replacement for CT4N’s Medilink service connecting the City Hospital and Queens Medical Centre, with double-deckers used in order to provide space for social distancing. These vehicles will have silver fronts to aid identification. It has been providing free travel for NHS workers this week on four routes connecting the hospitals by changing in the city centre.

 

Hulleys of Baslow is providing a temporary replacement service on two CT4N routes connecting Sandiacre with Ilkeston and Long Eaton.

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