There are predictions of "chaos" on public transport networks tomorrow after what is being described as a deeply confusing and dangerous plan from the Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson has tonight urged anyone who is unable to work from home to return to their jobs tomorrow – but to avoid public transport where possible.
Trains and buses have been reduced during the coronavirus lockdown to a point where only enough services for key workers are being provided.
This evening the Prime Minister said: "[From tomorrow] anyone who can't work from home, for instance those in construction and manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work.
"And we want it to be safe for you to get to work.
"So you should avoid public transport if at all possible, because we must and will maintain social distancing, and capacity will therefore be limited.
He added: "And to ensure you are safe at work we have been working to establish new guidance for employers to make workplaces COVID-secure."
Tonight the boss of the TSSA transport union described the messaging from the Prime Minister as dangerous.
Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of the union slammed Mr Johnson's plan, stating: “I'm extremely disappointed by the mixed messaging that is coming from the Prime Minister, it’s frankly dangerous.
"By comparison, the clarity from Scotland and Wales is somewhat of a relief. Let's be crystal clear: there won't be more rail services running tomorrow so only key workers should be using these services as has been the case since the lockdown began.
“The PM telling people who can't work from home to go to work but not use public transport is a ridiculous notion by someone who appears to have lost all grasp of reality. It will cause chaos and our transport network is not ready for any increase in passengers.
“If government won't keep our members and our travelling public safe, then I am calling on rail bosses to close down services and/or stations if physical distancing of at least two metres can't be maintained. The British Transport Police must be deployed at all stations to avoid overcrowding and to ensure that only key workers are using our public transport network.
“We won't allow our members to be used as Covid-19 cannon fodder so that Tory donors in the building industry can make a quick buck at their expense and that of our key worker heroes who need safe access to our public transport network to keep people alive.”
Labour leader Keir Starmer had similar feelings about the messaging, particularly on work and transport.
He said: "I think what the country really needed was clarity and we just didn't get that.
"The basic message of stay alert just isn't clear enough.
"We now have the prospect of England, Scotland and Wales pulling in different directions.
"Tomorrow morning poses a real problem for people who are being told to go back to work but not to use public transport, how is that going to work?"