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Middlesbrough bus station to close in pandemic fight

Middlesbrough Bus Station is to close in the latest move to help combat the spread of Coronavirus.

The closure will take effect from midnight tonight (Tuesday, March 24) and will remain in place until further notice.

The move is in line with the latest Government guidance that people should stay at home and avoid all unnecessary travel.

Bus services will continue to run, with passengers urged to observe social distancing advice.

Bus company staff will continue to use the facility for turnarounds and change-overs as normal, with security guards on hand to allow access for staff via the central stands.

National Express, Megabus and smaller operators will use nearby Broadcasting House for arrivals and departures as they are operating significantly reduced services.

Customers are advised to check operator and Connect Tees Valley websites for updated arrival and departure stops in the town centre.

A Middlesbrough Council spokesman said: "The decision to close the Bus Station has been taken as part of our ongoing drive to help combat the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"This is in line with the latest Government advice that people should stay at home as much as possible, and avoid large gatherings and any unnecessary travel.

"We apologise to those affected, and hope to have the facility open again in the near future.

"We're also grateful to the travelling public for their understanding and co-operation at what is a difficult time for everyone."

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Read the latest advice from Government and Public Health England.