Angry London underground commuters criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan for claiming that construction workers were using crowded trains “outnumbered by NHS staff”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously urged the British to stay home and not travel, but many using Transport for London (TfL) services said busy tubes are now a daily reality, even if people have have been asked to work from their homes when possible.
Photos this morning showed commuters at London stations such as Canning Town and Leytonstone on busy trains.
TfL has placed posters and signs at stations to warn commuters not to travel on the network unless they are key workers, to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
This morning workers from a tube at Leytonstone in east London were seen piled up on the tube. The station is in zone 3/4 of the TfL network
In Canning Town, east London, workers lined up while waiting to board the tubes. The station is in zone 2/3 of the TfL network
In Leytonstone, people were seen riding the subway with masks this morning as they faced another crowded train. Many are still unable to secure seats on packed cars
The mayor highlighted the safety of London transport workers, tweeting: “The safety of London transport workers is deeply personal to me, and it is something I take very seriously. “Right, mayor again urged Londoners to stay home this morning
A commuter this morning posted a photo on social media that showed the number of construction workers using the services, compared to NHS staff.
Next to the photo, the user tweeted: ‘#TFL #sadiqkhan. Good job, make sure there are many construction workers.
Another shared a photo of people forced to get up on one of the services and tweeted, “So you have done absolutely nothing for your trains crowded with key workers because of the infrequent train traffic that I spoke to you yesterday. “
A passenger from Acton Town station also tweeted: “It is a good idea that several trains end in Acton Town, I have to make sure the tube is filled with key workers.” The tweet was posted alongside a photo of people waiting on the platform.
Another commuter posted a photo of a train from the busy District District and said that he had tried to travel at different times, saying that many people had resumed normal travel.
The mayor has been under close scrutiny since the start of the pandemic after refusing to manage more services for key workers despite daily photos showing crowded underground cars.
Twitter users turned to social media to express their anger over the continued occupation of the tubes despite the fact that many are invited to work from home
He repeatedly urged Londoners to work from home whenever possible to protect key workers who have to travel and to avoid traveling during rush hour if they had to commute.
When asked why he scheduled more trains, he said earlier this month, “We cannot offer more services because of the number of sick or self-isolated TFL employees. “
According to Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), 21 London transport workers have died after contracting the virus.
Despite the chaos on the TfL trains Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services, this morning unveiled three renowned trains honoring NHS personnel across the United Kingdom fighting the coronavirus.
Transporting frontline workers to more than 50 hospitals across the network, NHS services and key workers will support those who travel altruistically every day to fight the virus and help save lives.
Steve White, director of operations at Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “We are proud to support the NHS, social services and emergency services during this crisis. We hope our NHS and Key Worker trains show how grateful we are to those who work so hard to keep people safe and fight this virus. Our network includes 50 hospitals and we transport over 200,000 key workers every week. The GTR team appreciates each of them. “
Although Boris Johnson said the public should stay home, many are still forced to travel in packaged tubes. In the photo above, people are climbing into the tube this morning at Leytonstone
Tubes in London are still busy after Transport for London has reduced the number of services offered. Many commuters have claimed Sadiq Khan for his response
A passenger was spotted on the center line this morning wearing a face mask and gloves on the way to work. Many people still use the tubes
Passengers are seen at Canning Town station this morning as they wait for the Jubilee line. Some commuters have previously complained about the sporadic schedule
It was in an interview with Glamor magazine yesterday that the mayor of London was in a hurry about the Tube chaos.
Glamor Entertainment Director Josh Smith asked him, “A lot has been done in the past few days about how people will be anxious to leave the house when this is done.”
“For me as a person who commutes every day and rides in wrapped tubes – how can you reassure me and others like that when we come back to these tubes and they are really packed, are we going to be safe? “
The mayor replied, “Really a good question. We have to make sure that we don’t have a big bang approach where everyone gets back to normal.
“We have to make sure that we are gradually breaking out of the lockdown and that is one of the reasons why we have to pressure the government to have the right tests and the right equipment, personal protective equipment available.
Social media users went on Twitter this morning when they complained about long wait times for metro trains and conditions on board
“I am impressed by the countries that have passed the tests. There are two types of tests that are important Josh. One is the anti-gen test that says you have covid-19.
“The second test is that you got it, which means you’re less likely to get it again. We have to have a lot more testing before we can get out of the lockout and also make sure we have a lot more equipment available.
“This will prevent us from reverting to a spread of covid-19, we have seen in South Korea and China some examples of another increase in covid-19. These are people entering the country.
“And so what I don’t want to do is go back to the rush hour we had before Covid-19, until we were convinced of the number of people capturing Covid-19 and the NHS could do it face. It is important that you are reassured before resuming the use of public transport. “