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Public Transport: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 31535, tabled on 18 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the covid-19 outbreak on public transport.

Answered on

23 March 2020

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

We are encouraging everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.

This is having a significant impact on public transport. However, it is vital that our public transport services continue to run in order to ensure that critical workers can get to work, and that the country can return to normal life once this epidemic is over.

We are in daily contact with transport providers and will do whatever we can to ensure vital public services continue throughout this period.

We will continue to anticipate and adapt to needs as the situation develops, as demonstrated by the extensive package of measures the Chancellor has announced to support the economy.