Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said that encouraging people to commute by bicycle would also be a key part of proposals to avoid overcrowding. Hand sanitiser could also be provided at transport hubs, he suggested. With some estimates suggesting that trains could run at only 12 per cent capacity if commuters observed social distancing, he acknowledged it was a “hugely difficult task” to keep people two metres apart on public transport. He praised a “massive increase in active transport, in cycling”, pointing out that far more people were taking part in a scheme to buy a bike through employers. “I’m going to be saying more about that shortly because active transport — keeping people off public transport and getting to work under their own steam — that could be a very important part of this recovery as well,” he told Sophy Ridge on Sunday on Sky News.
Times 4th May 2020 read more »
SCOTLAND’S workers could stay put in rural communities in the post-lockdown world – boosting countryside economies and cutting commuter traffic, a Holyrood cabinet secretary has suggested. With Scotland’s army of office workers mostly confined to their own living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens as the economic shutdown continues, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham believes keeping some elements of the working from home culture alive as businesses recover could have huge benefits for the Highlands and other rural parts of the country.
Herald 3rd May 2020 read more »