Public transport has been perceived to be an infection hotspot due to the large numbers of people being in enclosed spaces. Our experts have collaborated with various specialists to estimate the risk of infection from Covid-19 on rail.
The Covid-19 outbreak has presented us all with many challenges, and we have seen the number of rail passengers fall dramatically.
RSSB is supporting the rail industry to attract passengers back to rail where conditions allow. We have used crowd simulation to identify risk of infection from Covid-19 per average passenger journey. Here we share the preliminary results of our findings and detail what we hope to do with the results and research in the near future.
Please note that these reports were published in July/August 2020 and so used the community risk figures applicable at that time.
Since September the infection rate in the community has changed. During autumn and winter there was a substantial increase in the number of Covid cases. Then, following lockdown and the onset of vaccinations, the number of cases started to decrease. This means the assumptions made and the numbers used in our August calculations would be different and depend on the infection rate of a given date.