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    We must enable the economy to recover as soon as practicable

    But contact between the under 40s and over 40s will be near to none existent for a period of 3 months let's say. As I say in my original post, those in the 18-40 age range who live alome or someone in the same age cohort should be allowed to physically go to work and socialise with others in...
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    We must enable the economy to recover as soon as practicable

    I agree with the original poster (Yorkie). We must be far, far more pragmatic with this 'lockdown'. The thing I cannot understand with this lockdown is why the 18-40 age cohort are being included. They are barely effected by this virus apart from in exceptional cases. I don't see why anyone in...
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    Long term social distancing: Impact on public life & public transport?

    Yes. There is cautious optimism for hoping the virus just 'dies out' if it cannot mutate very fast. The population gradually acquiring immunity should naturally reduce the transmission rate in the medium term. But for now it's still a new illness and hope for the best, prepare for the worst is...
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    How will the rail companies entice passengers back after this is all over?

    It will certainly help on most rail lines to have three government-mandated shifts from 7am, 9am and 11am that all companies have to divide employees into. The rail industry and unions should be moving earth and heaven to make it happen. It will keep both passengers and conductors happier to not...
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    How will the rail companies entice passengers back after this is all over?

    The government should instruct businesses to do split shifts starting from 7am, 9am and 11am to mitigate overcrowding on public transport and traffic jams (assuming more people are going to be driving anyway). That would help enormously. The train at get at 8 o'clock it is absolutely rammed...
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    Future Job Cuts?

    I reckon the franchises will have to be nationalised from September. This isn't so much of a problem as it has been speculated that the Williams Review will change TOCs to a concession rather than a franchise model. The real problem is the long term reduction in passenger numbers. 20% seem about...
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    Could the Coronavirus 'burn out' in the UK?

    I have believed for a good month now that once the unemployment and GDP are released in June/July it will be a wake-up call. Suddenly ~100,000 deaths will seem like a minor 'sacrifice' rather than a tragedy as the media have portrayed it to date. The alternative is save a few - predominantly...
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    Exit strategy predictions

    80% of Coronavirus deaths in the UK are in the over 60s. The way out of this is age-related. The under 40s represent 51% of the population. The first step should be to allow them to get back to work and socialise if they are living with anyone over 40. Before someone says this is ageist - in...
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    Reliance on this Covid-19 vaccine

    Well I'm concerned we will never actually find a vaccine for Coronavirus. The media and public are taking modern science for granted and assuming there will be a vaccine. Bacterial infections are relatively easy to vaccinate and treat with antibiotics. But viruses by their nature are hard to...
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    Is there any point running train services on some lines at present

    My personal opinion is that there has to be a 'shadow service' of some sort for a host of reasons. There will be some key workers who need to still use public transport. This can range from healthcare workers, social workers, construction workers on 'critical schemes', supermarket workers etc...
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    How effective are the daily COVID-19 Press Conferences?

    These briefings should be every other day. They are quickly losing their intended impact. Also, it goes to provide that journalists are thick as mince. Even when the first one is told we will announce our exit strategy in due course when the time is right, the second, third, fourth etc ask the...
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    Imagine if all of this had happened in 1980?

    If we had this in 1980 in some ways it would have been easier. The amount of misinformation on Twitter and Facebook has been an absolute joke. In many cases the mainstream media have irresponsibly gone along with reports heard on the internet and asking them to politicians. Even if you wanted...
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    Coronavirus - Antibody tests

    From what I have read so far the anti-body tests to date are apparently detecting those who have had a severe form of the Covid illness (i.e. requiring hospitalisation) and where the body has had a strong immune response. But for those with a strong immune system and who may have had an...
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    Stone's Conservative MP Sir Bill Cash wants HS2 to be cancelled to benefit the Health service

    I've had enough. Are people deliberately thick? How many more times! I'm not the biggest proponent of HS2 but in the grand scheme of things it is change down the back of the sofa. It's not some instantaneous bill off a credit card that it is always (and wrongly) portrayed as - it is a ~£100...
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    Northern Class 331: Construction/Introduction Updates

    I suspect there is no rush to introduce the last units and train remaining staff as there is no need. In reality there is going to be no massive "rush" back to using public transport once normality can resume in some capacity (probably July/August). Some companies will adopt a phased approach...
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    Long term workplace changes following covid19

    Working from home will undoubtedly become more common once this is all over. But I think a big factor depends on the size of the company. The small businesses employing 10-20 people will no doubt be fairly comfortable with a quarter of the workforce working from on home on a given day. But for...
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    Drop in passenger numbers sees train services cut

    The silver lining of all of this for the rail industry is that Network Rail and the train companies really need to make hay in terms of reviewing timetables, engineering work, re-liverying trains etc. The big concern is that passenger numbers (certainly at peak time) are probably going to...
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    Drop in passenger numbers sees train services cut

    I echo the comment regarding home working. No doubt after this all settles down home working will become more common. This will no doubt have a profound impact on the rail industry and probably result in falling passenger numbers for the first time since the 90s.
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    Drop in passenger numbers sees train services cut

    The platform and train was very quiet this morning compared to a month. I am working from home from tomorrow so add another one to the list. Clearly this is not a sustainable arrangement. Maybe a case of half hourly services becoming hourly but with doubled up carriages to ensure enough space...
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    Coronavirus.

    Yes. I have a sneaky suspicion the UK government are potentially ahead of the curve on this one despite the criticism in the UK and from other countries. Keep the elderly and vulnerable away for a few months as these are by far the most at risk. Let the younger population - child, young adults...

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