Transport sector reacts to further easing of covid-19 restrictions

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Transport Network has reported the response of politicians and transport operators on Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s announcement of a series of easing measures to lockdown restrictions in England. Most significantly for public transport, this included reducing the minimum social distancing restriction to “one metre plus” where two metres is not possible. The Prime Minister reiterated that public transport should be avoided “where possible.” Transport Network quotes Mayor of the West of England, Tim Bowles as saying this will “only allow an extra one or two people on a bus” and encouraging those who can now return to work to walk, cycle or drive where possible. Chief Executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, Graham Vidler said: “It is important that the new rules on social distancing provide the flexibility to create additional safe bus capacity so that people take advantage of these new opportunities and maximise the economic benefits. We will be looking to discuss with the Department for Transport how the new rules will apply in practice on public transport.”

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