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Source: New South Wales Transport

As children return full-time to the classroom this week, additional transport staff are being deployed in the regions to assist passengers and ramp up cleaning across the network.

Minister for Regional Roads and Transport Paul Toole said the measures were part of the NSW Government’s COVIDSafe Transport Plan to ensure the safety of those travelling on regional services.

“You will have seen our ‘No dot, no spot’ campaign with green physical distancing dots placed across the entire network, including on all unbooked regional services, to help customers find the safest places to sit and stand,” Mr Toole said.

“Additional customer support and security staff will be deployed to help customers move through stations safely and monitor physical distancing, including at busy regional hubs such as Lismore, Shellharbour, Bathurst, Nowra, Tweed, Albury and Bega.”

Mr Toole said with students back at school full-time, children will be given priority access to all public transport.

“No school student will be turned away from public transport, even if this means physical distancing may not be possible,” Mr Toole said.

“We understand some bus stops can be isolated and we will not be leaving anyone on the side of the road in these locations, let alone children.

“I would like to thank our 529 regional bus operators for their hard work and support during the recent weeks and in helping us get students back to school safely.”

Cleaning has been ramped up across the state, with more than 700 extra cleaners deployed across the network since March.

Sanitisation and Hygiene Agile Response Cleaners (SHARC) will also be deployed to regional hubs such as Lismore in the coming weeks to clean high touch services such as stop buttons, in preparation for the next service.

Mr Toole reminded road users to remain vigilant with the increased activity around schools.

“40 km/h school zones are active on every NSW school day so please drive safely and be alert as our students return back to the classroom.”