Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has already been easing lockdown, by reopening the non-essential shops and now the hospitality industry. And now government ministers want to ensure the public can regain their confidence in using public transport. One Whitehall source told the Telegraph: “It is costing a great deal of money to run all these train services with so few people on them.
“Different departments are looking at ways to ease the message of avoiding public transport.
“The best way to do this, and when, is currently under discussion.”
“There is some debate about how best to get the message across that the Government wants to allow more people to travel,” they added.
The only rule being they continue to follow the COVID-19 distancing guidelines as well as making sure face masks are being worn.
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK
This decision comes after the Prime Minister visited the shops last Friday, wearing a face mask, and urged that Britain gets back to work.
However, many people remain reluctant to return to their daily commute and are still following lockdown advice to avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary.
The guidance that public transport should be avoided to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was removed by the Department of Transport last week.
It continues to urge people to work from home wherever possible, consider “cycling and walking before using public transport”, and avoid rush hour travel.
According to various Whitehall sources, the next aim is to establish ways in which they can regain the public’s trust in transport.
This is as well as ensuring people follow “best practice” to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
It is hoped a gradual return to public transport will also help boost income at tourist attractions, including struggling seaside towns.
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It is believed that the Transport Department has been holding conversations with transport operators over the best way to inform the public.
And, to find a safe way of returning to using public transport.
The department’s public transport advice remains under constant review as lockdown is eased.