Railways: Social Distancing

Department for Transport written question – answered on 30th March 2021.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2021 to Question 164599, what steps he has taken since schools reopened on 8 March 2021 to ensure social distancing on the rail network.

Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March 2021 to Question 164599, what assessment he has made of the effect of schools reopening on 8 March 2021 on the rail network.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Department has worked closely with the Department for Education, Network Rail, the train operating companies and Sir Peter Hendy to assess transport operators’ preparedness ahead of schools re-opening on 8 March; no significant concerns were identified. No significant issues have been seen on the rail network since schools returned although operators continue to monitor passenger flows.

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