‘No safe plan’ for increasing UK rail services

Rail union leaders say there is currently no “safe” plan to be able to increase UK rail services while also maintaining social distancing.

Union bosses have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with “severe concerns” over proposals to increase services as part of a staggered approach to easing the lockdown.

Speaking on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, the RMT’s Mick Lynch warned workers and passengers could be put at risk by a “blanket increase” which may also undermine attempts to suppress the virus.

“We’ve been told that from 18 May, the rail service will go up to between 85-100%.

“If you take any of the major stations in London like Euston, King’s Cross, Waterloo – controlling passengers and numbers even in a mid peak will be virtually impossible.

“We don’t feel there are concrete plans for how the services will run, how the crowd will be controlled, how loading will be managed. If you encourage ridership where controls are not in place, you may create a system where the virus is reinvigorated.”

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