Getting Moving Safely

Any successful return to work will need confidence in public transport systems to be regained coupled with a practical approach to capacity availability as regards social distancing requirements. What was once seen as a “normal” commute will take time to return because people’s reluctance to be back in confined spaces with other people will need to be overcome.

As problematic as this is the question of how to safely move people around will have to be resolved if the economy is to be fully functioning again.

It is anticipated that in the short-term car usage will go up, reflecting advice around not using public transport. But to offset this, numbers of people required to be in work and commuting could be low if businesses continue with now established and successful ways of working from home. It is difficult at present to ascertain exactly what this could look like. Though initial lower public transport patronage is a certainty.

Greater use of cycling and walking is anticipated and initial plans have been worked up to look at the practical implementation of this. Freight and logistics companies have seen volumes decrease but an increase in efficiency and times due to there being less traffic on the roads.

In other parts of the world use of public transport is predicated on passengers wearing masks, temperature testing and other measures none of which are current government policy, though face coverings are advised.

Greater use of technology and apps, both health related and for transport services, payments, tickets etc may be required.

Current Transport Guidance for Passengers can be found here.

ISSUES TO CONSIDER:

  • How to fully integrate the role of all transport in a safe recovery for GM, its people and its businesses?

  • How to rebuild confidence in using public transport – right across the community?

  • How to make it safe whilst having limited capacity – can your employees travel to work safely?

  • Impact of fewer people in work on town centres/city centre – what economic damage will be caused and what opportunities could come out of this?

  • Reducing congestion/clean air policy – how realistic and achievable is this in the short term and longer term can measures be taken now to prevent a return to pre-Covid levels?

Please email us your feedback to communicate@gmchamber.co.uk