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Public ‘may be scared off buses’


15 May 2020

Bus operators and Bus Users UK are calling on the Government to change its messaging about public transport and Covid-19 amid concern that the public will be scared-off using public transport even after the threat from Covid-19 diminishes. 

A bus operator representative  told LTT this week that the industry thought the Government’s messaging “could be a bit clearer”. “What we would like is for the Government to say, ‘you shouldn’t travel by bus if you have an alternative, to ensure that the limited capacity is available for those who need to travel by bus.’

“Sometimes the message comes across as ‘don’t travel by bus because it’s unsafe’.”

The charity Bus Users UK said current advice to avoid public transport ignored “the many people for whom walking, cycling and private transport are simply not options”.

“It also ignores the extensive work being done by the bus industry and DfT to make bus travel safe,” it said.

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