PANDEMIC TIMETABLE FOR RECOVERY

■ No date for removal of domestic travel restrictions

■ No change on social distancing and WFH before June

■ No promotion of rail travel before June

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morning spent going through the UK Government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ produced this summary (Table 2). It provides little immediate solace for the railway, or public transport in general.

Much space is given to work on easing restrictions on international travel, but any easing of the clampdown on other than essential domestic travel is noticeable by its absence. Up to 17 May – at the earliest – the requirement is to continue working from home where you can and minimise travel.

After that, the advice will be to continue working from home up to the start of Step 4 in June. There is a reference to working with the devolved governments on travel in their respective countries, but nothing about public transport in England.

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