NHS workers should be given free public transport during the coronavirus crisis, Labour has said.

Bus firms are to be paid to compensate for loss of income in the concessionary travel scheme to keep buses on the road for those who still need them.

Scottish Labour’s Transport Spokesman, Colin Smyth, said: “The financial support for bus firms will help keep a lot of routes going at this time and those workers continuing to keep our transport system going deserve our thanks.

“Public transport will be vital to get many critical workers to their place of work, such as our NHS staff.”

Meanwhile distribution workers union Usdaw wants restrictions on online retail to protect staff in warehouse and delivery drivers.

The union is concerned about social distancing in production lines and delivery of non essential goods.

It said the Government must act to ensure workers are protected and the risks are minimised by restricting non-essential online retail.

Paddy Lillis, Usdaw General Secretary said: “Our members should not be put at risk, or face any detrimental impact, as a result of the Government advice.