Following the communication to, and other engagement with the construction sector on Friday, TfL have now issued a further update on the public transport network in London. Please circulate this to all stakeholders. We would also like to clarify that the previous communication originated with TfL, and not the Secretary of State for Transport.
To aid social distancing for those who do need to travel, TfL continues to run as many services as possible on the public transport network and has an enhanced cleaning regime in place to help keep everyone safe.
However, from 06:00 to 08:00, there are some busy locations at the east end of the TfL network, including on the Jubilee line and at interchanges with national rail, DLR and Overground services.
We would appreciate your help with managing this demand to support social distancing and help ensure the safety of our workforce and others travelling on the network by:
- Staggering shifts and/or changing operating hours to help the workforce avoid travelling during the busiest times on the network (06:00 to 08:00). Working with local planning authorities to change site operating hours further if necessary;
- Coordinating with neighbouring major sites to stagger operating times or workers’ shift times, to reduce the overall numbers using local public transport stations and services during the busiest times; and
- Allocating those shifts starting and finishing around peak travel times (05:45 to 08:15 and 16:00 to 17:30) for workers who can walk or cycle to and from work.
FIS has recieved via BEIS and BuildUK an urgent message from the Secretary of State for Transport and Transport for London.
There is significant pressure on the public transport network in London and the Government is looking at options for reducing the number of passengers at peak times.
If the situation does not improve and construction workers are identified as significantly contributing to overcrowding then more direct action or restrictions could be imposed.
They are urging our members with sites in London to work with their supply chain and neighbouring sites to introduce staggered start and finish times and support workers to avoid travelling during peak times of 05:45 – 08:15 and 16:00 – 17:30 and to walk or cycle as part of their journey.