Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Calls for action as Tube still packed in rush hour

Calls for action as Tube still packed in rush hour

It is set to deliver the Elizabeth line service, which will run from Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via a new series of underground tunnels through central London.

And third said: "Very hard to practice social distancing on the bus this morning".

A representative of the ASLEF union, told Transport Network: 'This can not be allowed to continue.

Footage I have seen shows passengers crammed in next to each other and there is now talk amongst members of staff who are union members of a walk out - they are so unhappy with the situation.

Another lamented: "Tube ram-packed again".

The Associated Society of Locomotive Steam Enginemen and Firemen (ASLEF) union's district organiser Finn Brennan tweeted: "Still heavy loading on some Tube lines this morning making social distancing impossible". Operating the Tube could be doing more harm than good. According to an email sent by a No 10 aide, obtained by Politico, the Government has issued an urgent request to acquire more testing equipment due to the lack of supply. Special distancing has to mean social distancing'.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he had spoken to Mr Khan about ensuring there is "enough space to be safe" on London Underground trains for those who must travel, and offered the support of his department. He asked the government to take immediate action.

But with many businesses remaining open for their staff and key healthcare workers in the United Kingdom capital needing to use the TfL network to travel to work, commuters have been forced to stand close to each other on packed trains exposing themselves to greater risk of contracting the virus. Overcrowding has been worsened by reducing public transport before the closure of non-essential parts of the economy.

A spokesman for TfL said passenger numbers on the Tube were down by 85% this week compared to previous year.

A spokesperson from the Mayor of London's office said: "Londoners should not be travelling by any mode of transport unless it is absolutely necessary, and only critical workers should be using public transport".

"This is endangering the health of the vital workers who have to use the system".

"Ignoring these rules means more lives lost", he warned. Use the link below to register your details for full, free access.

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