London coronavirus: The special London bus service taking NHS Nightingale Hospital staff to work

A dedicated shuttle service for staff at the NHS Nightingale Hospital at London’s ExCel centre launched this week.

Bus company Stagecoach teamed up with Transport for London (TfL) to provide the 24 hour, seven day a week service.

Three routes are transferring NHS workers from hotels near the site in Newham, East London, as well as to and from the hospital’s car park.

The car park shuttle consists of nine buses running every five minutes, allowing hospital staff to get to and from work without using transport shared with the general public.

Paul Lynch, regional director for Stagecoach London, said: “We’re extremely proud to be helping TfL to support the NHS workers.

“We’ve had a fantastic reaction from our Stagecoach teams in London, who have pulled out all the stops to get these new special services up and running in very short notice, and are very much looking forward to playing their part in helping our fantastic NHS staff and volunteers at this difficult time.”

The temporary Nightingale Hospital was built in just nine days to create extra capacity for the NHS as it tackles the coronavirus pandemic.

The hospital admitted its first patients on Wednesday (April 8).

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