As lockdown lifts, demand for travel will increase TfL will need to run public transport at much lower levels of capacity than pre COVID-19 in order to continue to provide space for social distancing.
Travel by car is likely to become more attractive (initially when congestion levels are low but this may continue if people are anxious about using public transport)
• A car-based recovery has significant risks to:
1) safety (and meeting our Vision Zero aim);
2) public health (COVID-19 related, physical activity, poor air quality etc.);
3) economic recovery (delayed journey times for e.g.);
4) the environment and contradicting the Mayor's Transport Strategy.
London's Streetspace Plan (PDF download) aims to make it easy and safe for Londoners to choose to walk or cycle as an alternative to public transport use. It has been developed in order to help respond to the immediate Public Health imperatives around:
a) enabling social distancing on the street;
b) encouraging Londoners to avoid unnecessary use of public transport;
As we can see, Ealing Borough has started to roll out pavement widening, which will enable pedestrian social distancing and give consumers the confidence they will be safe on the streets of Ealing. Ealing council received £300,759 from the government's £50million pot to support the recovery of our High Streets which will help deliver a comprehensive package of pedestrian and cycle highways, signage and marketing to promote Ealing as 'Safe' to visit and 'Open' for business.