Transport for London (TfL) today published advice for businesses across London on how they can play a part in controlling the coronavirus as national restrictions on movement are gradually lifted.
The TfL advice works alongside Government guidance on safe travel, helping businesses to understand the specific challenges for London’s transport network during the pandemic and how to keep their staff safe as they consider how they will return to work.
Measures to help enable social distancing wherever possible are being put in place. These include new signage and platform stickers, as well as operating stations differently through restricting entry if necessary and one-way and queuing systems.
Hundreds of hand sanitiser points have started to be introduced across the transport network, with these soon being installed at every Tube and TfL Rail station. They will also be installed in all bus stations, Victoria Coach Station, TfL river piers, the Woolwich Ferry, Emirates Air Line and at all London Overground and DLR stations where it’s safe and secure to do so.
TfL also introduced an enhanced cleaning regime on the network earlier this year. This includes additional hospital-grade cleaning substances that kill viruses and bacteria on contact, new anti-viral disinfectant that protects for up to 30 days, key interchanges being cleaned more frequently – including during the day – and all regular ‘touch point’ areas on buses, such as poles and doors, being wiped down with a strong disinfectant every day.
In line with new Government advice, everyone who can work from home should continue to do so. Public transport should be avoided wherever possible to free up the limited space available to those who have no alternative way to travel.
If you must travel, please plan ahead and travel outside of the busiest times, particularly first thing in the morning. You should take the most direct route and avoid busy interchanges.
Peak times to avoid wherever possible are 05:45-08:15 and 16:00-17:30.