Why relaxing the 2m rule is a game-changer for public transport


Nowhere is the challenge of social distancing more pronounced than on our transport networks. Ali Mowahed on how to adapt stations


In conventional terms, social distancing is anathema to mass transit. Yet enabling people to return en masse to the stations that are the backbone of our major cities is essential to ensuring a safe and viable future for our economies.

The existing physical configuration, operational logistics and financial systems that underpin our transport networks will need to be recalibrated to restore public confidence as lockdown measures continue to be lifted. The immediate design response will need to focus on adaptability.


A wide range of measures are being implemented across transport networks in response to the covid pandemic. Reducing the risk of air-borne infection is particularly complicated in subterranean environments such as the central London tube network.

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