Thursday 4 June, 2020

COVID-19: Knutsford Express suspending passenger service

Luxury transportation company, Knutsford Express, is suspending its passenger service, effective Tuesday, April 7.

The announcement comes on the heels of a seven-day curfew across the island from 8 pm each evening until 6 am the following day.

The curfew was implemented to stem the spread of the coronavirus, (COVID-19) in Jamaica.

“In support of the Government of Jamaica’s heightening efforts to halt the spread of the virus by minimising movement of persons, Knutsford Express services will temporarily suspending our scheduled passenger services effective Tuesday, April 7,” the company said in a notice on Saturday.

An extension of the curfew, which is to end on April 6, has not been announced. But Knutsford Express has begun scaling down its operations.

Knutsford Express has scheduled passenger service from locations on the north and south coasts including connections to Portland, St Mary and Negril.

“We will be operating a reduced network until that time (April 7) to facilitate essential travel,” Knutsford Express advised.

It will, however, continue to offer its courier and chartered service via Knutsford Express Connect.

KE Connect provides shuttle service and corporate car rentals.

“Our courier service will be opened for business every day to get your valued packages across the island quickly,” Knutsford Express said.

“While the regular passenger service has been suspended, KE Connect continues to facilitate private chargers and arrangements within the government’s COVID-19 guidelines,” it added.

The company has also asked customers to adhere to social distancing guidelines while accessing continued services.

Knutsford Express boss Oliver Townsend, last month, told Loop News that it had seen a decline in the rate of travel among customers.

“We have seen somewhat of a decline in passenger travel probably due to a reduction in overseas travel,” Townsend previously said.

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