Coronavirus: five London bus workers die, union says

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Five London bus workers die after being diagnosed with coronavirus


Five London bus workers died after contracting a coronavirus.

Unite said their members had done “heroic work to get the NHS and social workers to their workplaces” and described the loss as a “tragedy”.

Regional Secretary Peter Kavanagh said the union would help families “in any way possible.”

Transport for London (TfL) said he was “extremely saddened” by the deaths, while London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “absolutely devastated”.

It is understood that three were pilots and two were controllers.

“Heroic endeavor”

Unite said it contacted Mr. Khan, who shared his opinion “that bus drivers should be fully protected”.

“We are absolutely determined to do everything in our power to make bus driving safe during this unprecedented crisis,” said Mr. Kavanagh.

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Current safety measures include thorough cleaning of vehicles, erection of screens around the driver, provision of hand sanitizer and locking of seats closest to the driver.

Khan said he would continue to make improvements to public transport in London to ensure even higher levels of protection.

“My thoughts are with their friends and family during this horrible time,” he said.

“I have been clear that our incredible public transport staff, on buses, tubes, trams and trains, is a vital worker, making a heroic effort to save our NHS staff more lives.

“But we all have to play our part too and that means that fewer Londoners use the public transport network. Please follow the rules. Stay at home and do not use public transport unless absolutely unavoidable. “

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Gareth Powell, TfL’s general manager for surface transportation, said he offered the bus companies for which the drivers worked “all possible support.”

“The safety of our staff and customers is our top priority and we have worked closely with the bus companies, the mayor and Unite to implement a series of changes and improvements to maintain the bus network and secure garages for those who operate and use it, as advised by Public Health England. ”

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