Coronavirus: 14 London transport workers die after positive test


Fourteen Transport for London workers died from the coronavirus.

The death toll includes nine bus drivers, three employees of Transport for London, an employee of the underground and an employee of one of TfL’s suppliers, London mayor Sadiq Khan told Sky News.

The news comes as a new boarding system is being tested in London to reduce contact with drivers.

TfL announced the launch of a pilot program that will see passengers use the middle door to board, amid growing concern over driver safety.

The trial will be in place as of this week on several routes operated by the bus company Abellio from its depot in Walworth, south-east London, two of which serve hospitals.

The death toll includes nine bus drivers (stock photo)

Passengers using London buses normally board using the front door and depart using the middle door, to smooth the flow of people.

The policy change is in addition to other new safety measures such as discouraging the use of seats near the driver and covering the holes in their protective screen with a transparent film.

Bus use in London has dropped by around 85% due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New boarding system tested in London (stock photo)

Claire Mann, director of bus operations at TfL, said: “London’s hard workers are making a heroic effort at the forefront of the fight against this pandemic, and it’s only fair that we consider everything we can for them. protect.

“We have already implemented many other improved security measures and by testing boarding of the central doors only on buses, we can get the information we need to see if we can further improve security on the buses of London.

“Most Londoners can do their part to protect our bus colleagues and other essential workers by remembering: stay at home, don’t travel, save lives. “

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