A trial to enable bus boarding only via rear doors is to begin after campaigns from London bus drivers.
The news comes as TfL death toll rises to 14. Not all are bus drivers though a majority are.
This is another area the UK has lagged. Other nations have adopted rear door only boarding. Drivers have also lacked PPE equipment despite the severity of the virus being known three months ago.
— Andy Stock (@andystock22) April 7, 2020
It’s hard to think of any area where the UK has led since the emergence of this pandemic. Whether at national or city level, under whatever political party, the country has consistently chased measures taken in other nations. Whether it be lockdowns and closing places with large gatherings weeks after most European nations did so, procuring vital equipment such as ventilators, avoiding lessons from pandemic “war game” scenarios undertaken in previous years, financial assistance to help those losing jobs or measures to protect staff readiness (some nations have already begun paying – in the UK it could be weeks for full time employees and months for the self employed), numerous actions have met dithering and delay.
No country has been perfect but few so slow to act. Only the States and Sweden have lagged as slowly in taking action.
This is despite the danger and severity to economies and health systems being known for months now.
Even this bus measure is only a trial on a couple of routes operating out of Walworth garage. Bus drivers are put at risk daily. Revenue loss is hardly a factor surely? Bus use is hugely down as it is. The handful of single door buses in London, such as the 233 route, could be swapped for small double door buses in most instances as other routes are operating Saturday or Sunday services. If routes are too narrow in places, diversions could be enacted.