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School return means more transport workers


With students returning to school and many of us heading back to the office, hundreds of additional transport staff are being deployed across the Hunter’s public transport network.

New South Wales Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said their task will be to enforce social distancing.

“These Marshalling Response and Support Teams will monitor physical distancing, assist with crowd management and provide extra guidance to customers to help them move through stations and interchanges safely.

“This could mean forming lines at bus stops or limiting the amount of people who can enter onto a platform,” he said.

20 teams are being rolled out across the state, including in Newcastle.

Cleaning has also ramped up, with more than 700 cleaners hired across the state since March.

Mr Constance said over the coming weeks, Newcastle will soon see its fair share of Sanitisation and Hygiene Agile Response Cleaners.

“Their job will be to clean high touch areas, including Opal Card readers and stop buttons, in preparation for the next service,” he said.

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