Ruth Maguire MSP has welcomed new guidance for passengers and operators in Scotland which has been produced to help prepare for the lifting of some lockdown restrictions.

Today’s travel guidance is published as part of the Transport Transition Plan.

It follows the publication of a detailed route map by the Scottish Government regarding next steps last week: COVID-19: Scotland’s route map for transitioning through and out of the crisis.  

The guidance advises passengers about when and how to safely access public transport through good hand hygiene, respecting physical distancing, using face coverings and avoiding busier times.  

The plan is clear that continuing to work from home should be the default position where possible, flexible start and finish times and making more active travel choices will be vital in easing the number of people accessing public transport. 

The SNP MSP said: “The guidance published today provides some much needed clarity on how the public can safely use public transport to return to work when the appropriate time comes.

“The additional £20 million boost to promote active travel provides an opportunity to solidify positive changes made with the number of people who have opted to start cycling to work.

“For the time being, please continue to work from home where possible, and remain in your local area for travel, exercise and shopping.”

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:   

“We have worked together with operators, unions and passenger groups to develop this guidance which forms part of the Transport Transition plan being published today. The guidance stresses the need for personal responsibility when travelling and this co-operation is vital as we work to provide a safe transport system that supports the people of Scotland.

“The route map offers a path away from the current restrictions, but the virus is still with us, if we move too quickly or without appropriate diligence, it could rapidly run out of control again.”

The Transport Transition Plan can be viewed here.