FLEET NEWS SCOTLAND: Government plans ahead for return to normality

SCOTTISH COLUMN

The Scottish government set out its plans in late May for the transition through and out of the Covid-19 crisis, including its expectations of how the transport system will adapt.

As the current restrictions are eased in how the population works, socialises and accesses services, work is progressing to provide safe transport to meet the needs of the country. The focus is to ensure Scotland can keep on moving, while continuing to suppress the spread of the virus.

During lockdown, demand for public transport has fallen by 85 to 95% against normal levels and operators have reduced services on all modes. Bus services are running at around 30% of normal and rail services at approximately 40%.

This is because people are travelling for essential journeys only and are making fewer and shorter trips, typically 1.4 trips per person per day compared to 2.7 before lockdown.

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