Public Transport

Workers requiring to use public transport to return to work could only use public transport using pre booked seats using an app. All bus and train companies must comply thus ensuring Adherence to Social Distancing measures.

Why the contribution is important

To ensure Scottish Government social distancing measures are adhered to

by Andym151 on May 05, 2020 at 04:24PM

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  • Posted by evrydyim May 05, 2020 at 16:34

    As many rail stations do not have barriers - consideration must be given to the patrolling of limited numbers. Typically people will pile on a busy train then complain that it's too busy - even though they are part of the problem. I for see passengers feeling entitled to make their journey and not adhering to the allocated number. Therefore, perhaps train/bus services should sell designated tickets with direct services from point A to point B without stops. In station queues should also be arranged with sufficient spacing.
  • Posted by Islander May 05, 2020 at 17:49

    On the Isle of Lewis since the begining of lockdown All buses were stopped, we do not all have cars, and with no local shop, supermarket 45 mins drive away. Had to depend on local volunteers or neighbour with car to get shopping.We need a bus on even if it's on a reduced timetable it's a lifeline.
  • Posted by JoeOH May 05, 2020 at 18:49

    In many parts of Scotland pre-Covid, the rush “hour” started at 0630 and went on until around 0930. Many busses and trains over that period were dangerously overcrowded. Until the issue of insufficient available capacity on public transport can be addressed we cannot even dream of asking for social distancing on commuter transport.
  • Posted by GJTorrie May 05, 2020 at 21:20

    The problem is if we only allow 20 people on a train the train company will put in short trains or trains less often in order to fill them up. The train companies are more worried about their profit margins than the welfare of their customers. This was seen back in mid March before lockdown when train operators went down to a Sunday service.
  • Posted by ennovy May 06, 2020 at 14:39

    Not everyone has a smartphone so cannot use apps. Currently, buses are running a much restricted timetable - not always convenient eg an hourly service is now two hourly. Sometimes the buses are empty, and social distancing can be used (voluntarily) by passengers. I would like to see a return to normal bus services but with seats blocked off. More buses running = less passengers per bus.
  • Posted by AHunter May 06, 2020 at 20:34

    It's important to allow people back on public transport, perhaps with the inclusion of hand sanitisers at the stations (this happens on cruise ships), and perhaps with recommended distancing rules. However at the moment car owners are considerably freer than anyone else and I think it's important that everyone's needs are considered.
  • Posted by catherinemb May 09, 2020 at 13:40

    I think it’s very important that public transport is supported as much as possible - that we find imaginative ways to comply with social distancing e.g. with screens, masks, fewer travellers on each bus/train - but more frequent services, pre-booking either as individuals or in established social groups. As we cope with Covid, we cannot forget the climate emergency, and mustn’t let car travel predominate, just because on the surface it seems safer. Even 10 people on a bus is preferable to 10 cars.
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