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West of England Mayor calls for businesses to help reduce pressure on public transport as employees return to work

22nd May 2020

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West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, is calling on businesses and organisations in the region to play their part in reducing pressure on public transport as lockdown restrictions are progressively eased.

The Government’s phased plan to get people back to work is underway. The West of England Combined Authority, as regional Transport Authority, is working with transport providers and businesses to ensure that public transport is increased to meet the needs of businesses and local communities while operating in line with Government guidance.

The Mayor is asking for businesses to do what they can to reduce pressure on the transport network particularly at peak times by advising their staff on how to travel safely and adapting working arrangements where possible.

Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “We all have a part to play in reducing the pressure on our public transport services as we start to safely ease lockdown restrictions. Capacity on buses and trains will be just 25% of normal levels due to social distancing so I’m asking employers to do what they can to share government travel guidance with staff and support them to avoid travelling at peak times where possible.

“That includes continuing to work from home if possible, changing start and finish times to avoid staff having to travel at peak times and encouraging cycling and walking. I recognise that these measures aren’t possible for all types of businesses, but if all do what we can, we can make sure travel is as safe as it can be.

“Over the coming months my economic task force will be supporting businesses to get back to work safely helping them to adapt to new working practises and encouraging new active travel habits. Together, we can get our region moving again while keeping our residents and employees safe.”

Our travel advice is as follows:

  • Continue to work from home if you can and stay local as much as possible. If you need to travel, consider walking and cycling or drive if you have to.
  • Only use public transport if you have no other travel options. This keeps services available for those that need it most.
  • Capacity is very limited on public transport due to social distancing so avoid peak times if possible and leave extra time for your journey.
  • Keep your distance from other passengers, wear a face covering if you can, clean your hands frequently and use contactless payment

For more information visit https://travelwest.info/travel_update/coronavirus-travel-advice.

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