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Transport for London (TfL) has faced criticism after social media users in London published photographs of packed tube trains on the Monday morning commute, at a time when the government is urging the public to practise social and physical distancing.
A TfL statement urged Londoners “not to travel unless their journey is absolutely essential”.
However, with thousands of NHS and other key workers throughout the capital still needing to travel to work, as well as many businesses being advised to close but not forced to, a reduced schedule on the network led to people being forced close together.
In an attempt to reduce the number of people travelling on the London network, TfL last week announced that up to 40 stations would be closing temporarily – chiefly those that did not have interchanges between lines.
The frequency of services has also been reduced, with lines running 15 trains an hour at peak times, equating to a train roughly every four minute on routes through central London. Outside of peak hours, services are even further reduced. The Waterloo and City line has been closed and weekend “night tube” services have been suspended until further notice.
Several commenters on social media described the situation as “dangerous”, highlighting that key workers are being exposed to the increased coronavirus transmission risk because of the overcrowding.
This article first appeared on www.theguardian.com
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