A BUS service that normally provides door-to-door transport for people in the district with limited mobility is offering a lifeline during the coronavirus pandemic.

AccessBus – run by West Yorkshire Combined Authority – is delivering shopping and meals to people who are shielding or unable to leave their homes, taking patients to clinics and delivering school lunches.

In Bradford district, it is also helping the council’s Covid-19 support team by delivering food parcels and transporting supplies to foodbanks.

All the drivers are provided with personal protective equipment and observe social distancing regulations.

Vehicles are sanitised before and after each journey.

Councillor Kim Groves, chairman of the combined authority’s transport committee, said: “When lockdown started, our priority was to ensure all our service users had alternative means of getting their essential shopping whilst our service was suspended.

“Once that was done, we knew there was plenty we could do to continue to support our service users, partner organisations and stakeholders.

“In normal times the service caters for some of the most vulnerable and socially-excluded members of society. Thanks to the efforts of the AccessBus team and our operators, the buses are still out on the road supporting those people in these difficult times.”

Usual AccessBus services were suspended in line with Government guidelines to stop unnecessary travel.