National Express is suspending coach travel in the UK from Monday and does not expect to resume its service until March. From Sky News

Non-essential travel is not allowed under rules aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

The company said it plans to get coaches back on the road “as soon as the time is right” and it is planning for a provisional restart date of Monday 1 March, adding this is under regular review.

Passengers can have their tickets refunded or amended free of charge for travel up until 30 September.

Also on Thursday, Megabus said it was suspending journeys after Sunday 10 January.

The exceptions are journeys in Scotland and the service between Glasgow and London, which stops at Manchester and Birmingham.

Both firms say the suspensions are due to a drop in passenger numbers since the government brought in travel restrictions in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Megabus customers affected by the news can also amend their booking or request a refund.

The company did not say when travel would resume but said it was selling tickets from 26 March and flexible tickets.

In other travel news, Ryanair slashed flights and passenger forecasts, blaming the UK and Irish governments for their handling of coronavirus vaccine programmes.

The no-frills carrier said it was to “significantly cut” services from Thursday 21 January which would result in “few, if any, flights being operated to/from Ireland or the UK from the end of Jan”.

The company blamed renewed COVID-19 lockdowns for the decision and said its cutbacks would remain in place until “such time as these draconian travel restrictions are removed”.