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Reduced Bus Service To Continue

Some buses will continue running on a reduced schedule next week because of a staff shortage.

As has been the case this week, the number 1 and 15 routes will run every 20 minutes and the number 20 will be half-hourly.

LibertyBus is eight full-time drivers short, with four others on long-term sick.

Director Kevin Hart has apologised to customers.

"If we have any other issues that occur each day then we will of course post them on our social media channels and ask our customers to keep track via Facebook and Twitter for updates.

We are continuing to do everything in our power to recruit staff - including offering free training for people to obtain their PSV drivers licence.

We'd also like to thank all of the staff working overtime over the last few months whilst we work through these issues."

LibertyBus want Jersey's new government to follow Guernsey and allow 18 to 20-year-olds to drive buses to help with the company's staffing crisis.

Currently, you have to be aged 21 and over.

Mr Hart says allowing some younger drivers to join would make a big difference.

"It's something that we've asked for and we're talking to government (about).

We've got that in Guernsey to help and straight away we had 19-year-olds straight in and they're out driving.

Every little thing that the government can do to help is a bonus."

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