An alliance of private British transport operators and trade bodies are offering fleets of thousands of coaches, minibuses and taxis to help transport key workers in London and the South East during the coronavirus pandemic.
Operators including Gett and the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) said the group can call upon a fleet of more than 25,000 vehicles from 1,000 operators across London and the South East – much of which is currently sitting idle – offering safe distance seating for as many as 80,000–100,000 key workers concurrently.
While the scheme is initially focused on London and the South East, there are plans to expand to other major cities such as Manchester and Birmingham, if Government support and business uptake are forthcoming.
Brought together by Transport2, the UK providers of group transport management services, the group has written on behalf of the private transport industry to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Transport Minister Grant Shapps, and also key executives from Transport for London (TfL), the NHS, and the food and construction sectors.
Mathew Hassell, founder and CEO of Transport2, said: “In these uncertain times, it has never been more important for us all to join forces and work together to keep the nation moving.
“The UK coach, minibus and taxi industries have thousands of vehicles ready to go now that can accommodate groups of passengers comfortably while maintaining safe social distancing measures, and we are ready and waiting to help.
“From school buses to leisure coaches to luxury corporate transport shuttles, the sheer range of vehicles we can collectively bring to bear means that we can be flexible enough to transport whoever needs it, when they need it.”