For the “Transport Foundation – Public Transport” section of the Plan can you provide an update on A) the current levels of public transport use compared to before the pandemic? B) what enhanced COVID-19 safety measures TfL are currently implementing? And C) how TfL are enabling travel at quieter times?
Transport for London (TFL) is seeing a gradual recover in ridership levels on public transport. For the week ending 6 May, Tube demand was at 77 per cent of pre pandemic levels, bus demand at 78-80 per cent of pre pandemic. It is however still too early to definitively project what demand patterns may look like over the medium term, although Transport for London’s (TfL) scenarios provide a ‘Hybrid Forecast’ (see Travel in London report 14 for further details).
The safety of its customers and staff is TfL’s top priority, and since the start of the pandemic it has taken a wide range of measures to ensure that its customers can travel safely and confidently on its services. This has included an enhanced cleaning regime, improved ventilation, and the requirement to wear a face covering as a condition of carriage, both before and after this was a legal requirement. Following the removal of remaining Covid mitigations by Government on 24 February, TfL reviewed the remaining controls that it had in place and has developed a flexible plan for use going forward that allows it to continue to deliver safe, reliable and secure services, in line with existing and future Government Covid-19 rules and guidance. Full details of the Covid-related safety measures that TfL has in place can be found on its website here.
TfL enables travel at quieter times through the provision of targeted information and tools for customers and employers. Near real time quieter times information for Tube stations, and historic information for Rail stations, is available on the TfL Go app and on our station web pages. This information is supported by a variety of customer-facing communications. TfL also works with employers that generate significant demand to enable their employees and customers to travel at quieter times, e.g., by staggering shift times or providing targeted information on quieter times to travel.