Covid-19 pandemic hits Europe's public transport hard

The head of the operator of the London Underground has called on the government to provide  £17 billion in funding over the next decade to save the network from collapse.
The head of the operator of the London Underground has called on the government to provide £17 billion in funding over the next decade to save the network from collapse.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - As European workers gradually return to their offices after more than a year of working from home, commuters face a new challenge: National railways and mass transit networks, starved of cash during the pandemic, are now struggling to provide regular services.

A solution is unlikely to come soon as European governments that spent large amounts of cash shielding their economies from the impact of the pandemic are now reluctant to commit further resources to bail out their urban transport services.

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