Transport for London (TfL) have said that their customers will no longer have to travel under new measures to protect their drivers.
So, anyone travelling across the capital “will not be required to touch in” from Monday, which will prevent commuters touching the drivers cab.
On Monday the Mayor of London announced 21 transport workers had died, including 15 bus drivers after testing positive for coronavirus.
TfL’s director of bus operations Claire Mann said, “Bus drivers are pivotal in ensuring critical workers like NHS staff and grocery workers can perform the vital roles they do during this national emergency.
“Their efforts are nothing short of heroic, and it is essential that we leave no stone unturned when looking to protect them.
“Extending middle-door only boarding across the bus network will add another layer of protection on top of the other robust safeguards in place.
“Even with these significant safety enhancements, I would like to remind Londoners to stay at home to ensure that critical workers and London’s bus drivers can get around the city safely.”
Pete Kavanagh, regional secretary at trade union Unite said, “This is a very welcome move and we are very relieved that TfL is listening to Unite and its members.
“We have lost members of our bus family in recent days and we refuse to lose any more.
“Unite has been asking for central boarding as an essential safety measure during these times because bus workers are, understandably, fearful for their health.”