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Boarding C10 bus by front door to be banned to protect drivers

London SE1 website team

Buses on route C10 will have their front doors sealed this week as part of a TfL experiment to protect drivers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Boarding C10 bus by front door to be banned to protect drivers

TfL says that the trial – which will require passengers to board and alight via the centre doors – is the latest in a number of measures aimed at protecting bus workers and the critical workers who need to travel.

The C10 is one of several Abellio routes operated from Walworth Garage that will be part of the trial.

Route C10 links Canada Water with Victoria via Bermondsey, Borough, Elephant & Castle and St Thomas' Hospital.

TfL has been working with Unite the Union and bus operators and has already actively discouraged passengers from sitting near the driver with signage and has recently added an extra layer of protection to the clear screen that separates the driver from customers to create a more complete barrier.

Middle-door only boarding could ensure that critical workers can continue to rely on London's buses to travel, while ensuring that drivers, who have no option to change seats or move in the bus, can maintain social distancing while working. The trial will assess how the change works in live operations and whether it causes any issues.

TfL has repeatedly reminded everyone that travel on public transport is only for critical workers making absolutely essential journeys, and has seen the number of people using buses plummet by around 85 per cent. It is encouraging even more people to stop travelling to ensure that both these life-saving workers and London's bus drivers can safely continue to be on the frontline of the coronavirus effort.

Claire Mann, Director of Bus Operations at TfL, said: "London's hard-working transport workers are making a heroic effort at the frontline of the fight against this pandemic, and it is only right we consider everything we can to protect them.

"We've already delivered many other enhanced safety measures and by trialling middle-door only boarding on buses we can gain the information we need to see if we can further improve safety on London's buses. Most Londoners can do their bit to protect our bus colleagues and other critical workers by remembering: stay home, don't travel, save lives."

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