Sadiq Khan launches ‘deeply personal’ study into bus driver deaths

Some 29 bus drivers have died with coronavirus

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sadiq Khan has said a new study into the number of coronavirus deaths among London bus drivers is “deeply personal” to him.

Transport for London (TfL) is joining forces with University College London to carry out a two-part investigation into the pattern of Covid-19 infections and deaths in the sector.

A total of 33 TfL staff have died with the virus, including 29 bus drivers.

The London Mayor said the study would ensure every possible measure was taken to protect “our heroic staff”.

“As the son of a bus driver, this is deeply personal to me,” Mr Khan added.

The first part of the study will take place in coming weeks and will review measures that TfL put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, including cleaning and social distancing.

Then, over the next four months, the study will consider whether frontline transport workers are at greater risk of infection and death than London’s general population.

It follows data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that suggested bus drivers were among workers with higher rates of death from Covid-19 than other staff.

Trade unions have called for tougher safety measures, with the TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady claiming the government was “failing on workplace safety”.

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