Scottish Government Publishes Public Transport Guidance

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Scottish Government Publishes Public Transport Guidance

Transport Transition Plan

The Scottish Government’s Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson has set out the fresh guidance for bus and train passengers in a statement to the Scottish Parliament.

People in Scotland using public transport are being advised to use face coverings and follow distancing guidelines ahead of the easing of lockdown restrictions. They are being urged to avoid busier times on trains and buses, walk or cycle where they can, and to work from home where possible.

But only a limited service will operate during the first phase of lockdown easing – with a limited capacity to allow for physical distancing.

He urged employers to be “as flexible as possible” with their employees. The focus on urging people to work from home is likely to remain in place for some time.

The guidance is being published alongside a new Transport Transition Plan – a “dynamic and evolving” web-based publication which will share current advice with stakeholders and members of the public.

Responding to the guidance, ICC President Gavin McDonagh said:

“When and how we return to the workplace is a pressing priority for businesses, employees and customers. Today’s guidance is a crucial starting point on the role public transport will play and the modifications we can expect.

“Changes to capacity, ticketing and timetabling across transport options will mean employers will have to adapt to the guidance and remain flexible as we manage a phased return to the workplace.

“Given the constraints that will exist in the public transport system, local authorities should actively review local policies such as minimising car parking fees to help reduce the costs for employers and our employees.

“Business will proactively work with transport operators to ensure the safety of our employees and customers as we re-design the transportation of our people, customers and goods.”

Click here to view the Transport Transition Plan.

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