Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that in preparation for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who would draw up a road map for the UK to end closing on Sunday, he would set up an “ambitious” program for the transport network.
But speaking of the daily Downing Street press briefing on Saturday, he warned that it will be some time before things return to normal.
He added, “Going beyond Covid will be a gradual process, not a single leap to freedom, so as we emerge, the world will look very different.”
During the daily briefing, Mr Shapps said that even if the UK transport network were to run at full capacity, the two-meter social distance rule would mean that only one in ten passengers would be able to travel.
Mr Shapps said getting Britain moving again will be a “huge logistical challenge”.
But he added, “Yet this is a problem that also presents an opportunity for health. An opportunity to make lasting changes that would not only make us fitter, but would be better both mentally and physically in the long run. ”
He said that many people started cycling and walking during the closing, and said that in some places, the number of people who train or travel by bicycle has increased by 70%.
He said, “While it is critical that we stay at home, when the country comes back to work, we should ask those people to continue cycling or walking, and to be joined by many others.”
He announced a £ 2 billion package to put cycling and walking at the heart of our transportation policy.
He said the measures include pop-up bike lanes and wider sidewalks, as well as bike and bus streets.
Mr. Shapps said: “As we begin preparing public transport to get Britain moving again, no one should underestimate the enormity of the challenge ahead.
“Even when every train, bus and tram is fully operational, this is not enough.
“Measures to take distance mean that everyone who travels has to contribute to meeting this capacity challenge.
“The most important thing that has knocked back our virus is to change our behavior.
“The welcome fall we’ve seen in deaths is not only an achievement of the doctors and nurses and caregivers, but everyone in the country for following counseling at home.
Again, nothing I say today changes these basic rules.
“But as we think about the future, we will have to keep making changes, especially after we leave our home.”