With many businesses now encouraging staff back into the office, public transport is starting to get busier again and obviously this will cause some stress and anxiety for those that require this method of commuting. So, what can you do to feel more confident when commuting via public transport? There are a few ways that you can stay safe and protect public health:
Of course, one of the best ways to stay safe and protect public health is to maintain at least one meter from anyone outside of your household. There will be markers that will help you to do this, but you might find that this is difficult to do when travelling during peak hours.
Travel Off Peak
Following this, if possible, you should try to travel during off-peak hours so that public transport will not be as busy. Employers are likely to be more flexible than normal in the current situation, particularly after people have been working remotely for so long.
Wear a Mask
You should wear a mask at all times while using public transportation and it is recommended that you wear one even while waiting, especially if you are travelling while it is busy.
Use a Key Smartcard
The Key Smartcard from Southern Railway can make using the train simple, safe and easy as it eliminates the need for paper tickets so you are minimizing social contact so trains travelling to Wembley will make your trip seamless. Tim Morgan, Managing Director for Thameslink and Great Northern explained:
“With these new kiosks, we are making it easier for customers to make the switch to the Key Smartcard. Passengers no longer have to wait to have a smartcard delivered to them in the post.”
“I am delighted that more of our customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of travelling smart. The Key Smartcard lasts longer than paper tickets, and if lost, can be easily cancelled and replaced with all tickets intact.”
Remember Train Services are Putting Measures in Place
Finally, you need to remember that the train services are putting measures in place to protect everyone and there are people available to help. You also need to remember that everyone is in the same boat and will be trying to maintain as much distance as possible.
It is understandable that people are feeling stressed and anxious about using public transport with more people returning to the office. Hopefully, these tips will help you to travel with more confidence and help you to protect both your own health and public health during this challenging time. Public transport is the only available transport for many, but it is possible to use this safely provided that people know how.