As the rail industry announces a partial restoration of trains, the CBI has urged employers to help staff avoid public transport.
On Monday 12 April, lockdown rules in England will ease significantly.
The government says: “This step will reopen some sections of our indoor economy and more outdoor settings, restoring jobs and livelihoods and enabling people to access some of the activities and services which are most important to them.”
In response, train operators will run a higher proportion of pre-pandemic services – rising from 70 to 75 per cent, with 18,000 daily departures from Monday.
The government cautions: “People should continue to work from home where they can.” And in preparation for the easing of restrictions, the lobby group CBI has issued a factsheet that warns against using public transport.
The new CBI document, Commuting in a pandemic, warns that travellers by rail and bus could experience disruption.
It says: “It’s clear that those with no alternative to commuting using public transport will face journey times of longer and more unpredictable duration.”
The CBI urges employers to “build up a map of their staff’s commutes”…