THE frequency of bus services in the Wee County has increased at the start of this week following the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures.

Since Monday, June 29, First Midland has ramped up services with further funding arriving from the Scottish Government to support the move.

Capacity is still limited on vehicles due to physical distancing requirements and for more than a week now, passengers have been required to wear a face covering as well.

There are more buses and journeys along the regular routes and weekend services will also see some increases to try and match demand.

Andrew Jarvis, managing director at First Midland, said: “This is critical as more employees start returning to work following the government’s announcement that some non-essential shops can reopen on June 29.

“All our vehicles are now fitted with measures to ensure that customers who need to travel can adhere to the government physical distancing guidelines.

“This includes signage to advise customers on where to sit to keep a safe distance and new technology to help drivers monitor the number of people on board at any one time.”

Passengers are advised that there still may be occasions when they are not able to board a bus due to capacity being reached.

However, the company's smartphone application allows people to check ahead and track bus capacity.

People are advised to visit for all timetable and service information.