The UK off work today – even more so than we’ve all been of late – taking a holiday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. So the news here is relatively quiet.
But a couple of developments do seem worth noting. Firstly, the BBC reports that Britain’s rail services are to be increased, in order to ensure the network can cope when people return to work.
During lockdown, only around 50% of timetabled services have been running. But on Monday 18 May this will rise to around 70% – the maximum level of service rail operators can provide given staff availability.
The increase in services is likely to be more visible on commuter routes than intercity ones. But how soon the people of Britain will be using them still remains to be seen, because earlier today a cabinet minister seemed to pour water on the widespread reports that lockdown would begin to be lifted next week.