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Zeelo sets up critical worker bus commuter service to help fight coronavirus

Zeelo, the personalised on-demand bus company, has put together a critical-worker service to help NHS staff and key workers beat the Coronavirus pandemic.

The company usually works to offer personalised bus services for clients like Jaguar Land Rover and Ocado, but is now offering its fleet, complete with drivers in protective suits, to help with the safe movement of critical staff.

Sam Ryan, Zeelo chief executive, said: “Zeelo has developed a pool of operators from our network to deliver a service that enables Britain’s key industries to keep staff travelling to and from work safely during this turbulent time.”

Ryan said the company has already approached delivery and logistics firms, including Amazon, to offer assistance for workers.

He said: “Healthcare, food, utility and critical logistics staff, now more than ever need a safe, stress and risk-free way to get to and from work to ensure they can relax and overcome fatigue before heading back to the front line.

“We are here to help where we can and support to oversee the operations of the services to these key industries so their professionals can focus on the most important job at hand during this challenging time.”

Zeelo’s critical-worker service will ensure:

  • All services will be fully sanitised before and after each journey by trained drivers;
  • Drivers will be suited in protective uniforms to reduce the risk of infection spreading;
  • There will be a no-contact policy onboard – drivers will check riders passes without contact to riders or their phones;
  • The number of people on vehicles will be capped so that every member of staff has a spare seat next to them to reduce social interaction;
  • Hand sanitiser will be offered on all services for riders;
  • Various service options are available – including taking people from temporary accommodation such as hotels as well as residential locations.

Zeelo currently drives more than 5000 people to work each day across the UK, with key hubs in the Midlands, South West, North West and Home Counties. It has already completed over 500,000 trips since launch in 2018.

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