MORE buses will run in the Black Country from later this month in a bid to help social distancing when travelling by public transport.

National Express West Midlands will increase the number of buses on Black Country routes from Sunday May 24 to bring services back up to three quarters of pre-coronavirus levels.

The move comes after the Prime Minister encouraged more people to return to work if they cannot work from home.

Bus chiefs say the change will make 200,000 more seats available across the bus network each day.

Double-deckers will be used where possible and passengers are encouraged to sit apart, wear a face covering and avoid travelling at peak times.

Chris Gibbens, Commercial Director at National Express West Midlands, said: “Putting more buses out on our routes will mean more room on each bus so our customers can safely practise social distancing. Wherever we can, we are using double decker buses to make more space on board.

“In this ‘new normal’, we are asking people travelling to please stay apart to stay safe. Customers should follow government guidance on staying safe outside their home, including wearing a face covering and avoiding peak travel times where possible.

“National Express West Midlands will continue to carefully monitor passenger numbers and adjust services accordingly to meet our customers’ needs.”

A new Sunday timetable will be in place on Sunday May 24 and Monday May 25, with the new weekday table starting on Tuesday, May 26.