British govt agrees to pay 1.7bn pound relief to transport operators

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on March 17, 2020 in London, England. Boris Johnson held the first of his public daily briefings on the Coronavirus outbreak yesterday and told the public to avoid theatres and pubs and to work from home where possible. The number of people infected with COVID-19 in the UK has passed 1500 with 55 deaths. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

British transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Sunday the government had agreed to provide 1.7 billion pounds ($2.2 billion) of funding for London’s public transport operator to make up for revenue lost during the pandemic.

“This six month funding deal will ensure tubes and buses are available for Londoners to make essential journeys,” Shapps said on Twitter.