Hand sanitizer on trains, markers on platforms and one-way systems on cards for transportation after locking


Hand sanitizer on trains, 2m markers on platforms and one-way systems are all on the cards to help Britons get back to using public transport after lifting the lock.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps presented more ideas today than ministers are considering to restart the country.

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    Grant Shapps said he wanted to see how commuters could wash their hands on trains4
Grant Shapps said he wanted to see how commuters could wash their hands on trains

He said that more trains would be phased in as more people returned to work.

But he declined to say whether their plans would imply that the British should do a temperature check before leaving their home.

Shapps told Sky Sophy Ridge on Sunday that if someone is not feeling well, they should not leave their home at all.

He said: “I am very concerned that people can wash their hands, this is still by far the most important advice, above all, even above the masks and the rest.

“Basic hygiene, hand washing.

“We can help with that by trying to get hand sanitizer, one-way systems, spacing on platforms and bus stops and that sort of thing, clearly stated. “

And he reiterated again calls to companies for staggered work start times to reduce the crushing of peak hours for people on tubes and trains.

Distances of two meters could be recorded on platforms to encourage people to stay separate.

And the ministers are always thinking about whether to ask people to use masks or masks when they cannot stay far enough from others.

A decision is expected on the matter later this week, but Scottish Nicola Sturgeon has already encouraged relocation north of the border.

Boris Johnson said last week that they would be helpful in getting people back to work.

    Transport ministers will face huge challenge to avoid rushes and crashes as commonly seen on the metro4
Transport ministers will face huge challenge to avoid rushes and crashes as commonly seen on the metroCredit: Alamy

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However, any move to get people back on public transport is likely to cause huge delays and long queues, as trips will have to be more spread out.

Transportation officials believe that only 15-20% of a train’s capacity will be available if passengers are two meters apart, which could be done by checking in every two seats, the Sunday Times reported.

“There is no way to manage it,” said one.

“The practical aspects are impossible. We could end up with public unrest in the queues and the pressure on staff will be enormous.

“The government is going to have to control this at source and tell people that they may or may not go back to work. “

Reduced tickets could encourage people to travel at different times if they can.

Another suggestion being considered, paper reports, prohibits older adults from being able to travel for free during peak periods.

The ministers said that some of them could be asked to continue working from home for months.

About 45% of the workforce now works from home, compared to 12% normally.

Anyone who cannot work at home is allowed to enter, but must stay within 2 meters of each other on the way and during their stay.

Meanwhile, three UK airports will require all passengers to cover their faces starting this week.

Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports have decided to impose the conditions even though the government has yet to issue an official notice.



Shapps Hints To Encourage More Britons To Bike To Work

Ministers plan to expand the “commute to work program” to encourage more people to go to work after lifting the lockdowns, Grant Shapps said today.

The secretary of transportation said there had been a massive increase “in the number of cyclists and that this could play a big role in getting people back to work.

At the moment, the British can use a government-funded program to buy a tax on bikes and refund it through a loan.

He suggested that this could be expanded to encourage more people to buy bikes and reduce the pressure on public transport.

He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge: ” We have seen hundreds of percent increase in a plan to buy a bicycle from your employer, before taxes, and pay it off with a loan.

“I’m going to say more about that shortly, preventing people from traveling to pubs and going to work as part of their own program could also be a very important part of this recovery. “

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