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UKTram shares Covid-19 impact information with the DfT

With the support of its members, UKTram is providing the Government with important information on the response of light rail to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

As the organisation representing the sector it’s working closely with the Department for Transport, which needs up-to-date intelligence on the impact of Covid-19 on vital services.

James Hammett, UKTram Managing Director, explained: “In several major cities, tramways form the backbone of local transport networks and many key workers rely on them.

“In addition to providing the DfT with information on passenger numbers and patterns of usage, we’ve been able to draw the attention of Ministers to the challenges members face in maintaining a service – including declining revenues as customer numbers fall, and potential staff shortages.”

Regular conference calls between UKTram and the DfT are ongoing as the restrictions on non-essential travel take hold, and Mr Hammett says he will continue to highlight the importance of light rail, and the support it may need.

“With the help of members, we are pleased to be able to assist the Government as we face these difficult times together,” he added.

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