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Commuting after lockdown will prove a real challenge

Geraldine Herbert


As we prepare to return to work, Geraldine Herbert asks if the commute will ever be the same again in an era of social distancing

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Panorama of mother and son biking on a beach at sunset. Stock picture

Panorama of mother and son biking on a beach at sunset. Stock picture

Panorama of mother and son biking on a beach at sunset. Stock picture

It wasn't too long ago that we stood shoulder to shoulder on crowded public transport and spent long hours commuting by cars in rush hour. But in the weeks since the nationwide lockdown on March 27, traffic volumes have dropped by up to 70pc while demand across the public transport network has fallen sharply.

As restrictions are gradually lifted, will the traditional commute ever be the same again and how can workers return to work safely in this pre-vaccine period?

Across Europe public transport authorities are grappling with the safety challenges of getting people back to work.