Buses in Cumbria will be taking a step closer to normal service next week.

Stagecoach, which provides the majority of bus services in north Cumbria, has confirmed it will be reinstating a number of bus services from Monday, returning the region's bus timetables to about "80 per cent" of normal service.

The company has also said there is a "potential for further uplift from July."

Buses will continue to have protective screens between passengers and drivers, to help keep staff as safe as possible.

Social distancing will still be required of passengers who board any buses.

Rob Jones, managing director of Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire, praised the "fantastic efforts" of the company's staff.

"Our own key workers have made a huge contribution to the national effort and we’d like to thank every one of them and our customers for their support.

"Buses are going to continue to play a crucial role in the country’s recovery ahead.

"As well as helping restart our economy, they are vital in bringing normality back to many areas of our daily lives.

"They keep families and communities connected and have a major role in delivering a safer, cleaner, healthier country."