Public Transport: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Matt Rodda Matt Rodda Shadow Minister (Transport) (Buses)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the covid-19 outbreak on public transport.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

We are encouraging everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.

This is having a significant impact on public transport. However, it is vital that our public transport services continue to run in order to ensure that critical workers can get to work, and that the country can return to normal life once this epidemic is over.

We are in daily contact with transport providers and will do whatever we can to ensure vital public services continue throughout this period.

We will continue to anticipate and adapt to needs as the situation develops, as demonstrated by the extensive package of measures the Chancellor has announced to support the economy.

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