Scots could be offered free bus and train travel to get people back into the habit of using public transport, after a collapse in use due to the coronavirus pandemic. Scottish ministers believe there will need to be an incentivised campaign to entice people back, once the virus is under control. Free bus journeys for all for a limited period, off-peak rail travel all day and free train travel at weekends are among measures being considered to change behaviour after people were advised to limit travel by public transport. Although polling indicates that nearly seven in 10 Scots believe public transport carries a risk of spreading Covid-19, some experts believe trains and buses are safer than people think, as long as they comply with guidance on social distancing, face coverings and sanitising.
Times 25th Oct 2020 read more »