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Roads: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 44941, tabled on 11 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to make it easier for people to drive to work while the use of public transport is restricted during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

19 May 2020

New guidance published on 12 May 2020 provides advice on how passengers should make journeys safely, and to consider changing their travel habits - including cycling, walking as well as driving, following the publication of the Government’s roadmap and strategy for the next phase of the pandemic. The public have been urged to continue to work from home if they can. Those driving their own cars have been asked to avoid busy areas.

To help reduce pressure on the transport network so there is space for social distancing where possible, the Secretary of State has spoken to train and bus operators and local authorities to ensure they increase the number of available services over the coming weeks towards pre-COVID-19 levels as quickly and safely as possible.