Dozens of commuters, many of whom weren’t wearing face covers, were seen yesterday on the platforms as the UK begins to emerge from nearly two months of foreclosure. Only 60% of Transport for London (TfL) tube services are in service. Forty stations remain closed and the entire Circle Line is out of use.
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The authority has encouraged people to avoid public transportation “as much as possible” and to “reimagine” their commute by walking or cycling to work.
The RMT union, which represents transport workers, threatened workers to withdraw from working conditions.
The body said it had “no confidence” in the government’s plan to facilitate the foreclosure.
The photos taken in London on Tuesday and Wednesday contrast sharply with the situation of the Paris metro and the Berlin rail network.
Parisians were given free face masks upon arrival at stations and were offered a spray of hand sanitizer.
Stickers clearly indicating where people should and should not sit were placed on the train seats.
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Tickets can only be purchased online and the front doors of buses are not used to protect drivers.
Worried Londoners turned to social media to denounce the Prime Minister’s plan to break England out of the lockdown.
A woman warned: “London’s tubes, trains and buses are crowded.
“The second wave is coming and Boris will blame the workers.”
The Prime Minister said that people returning to work after nearly two months of lockout should avoid public transportation if possible.
But some Londoners said the advice was not realistic given the distance between people’s homes and their places of work.
One said, “I know many of them who live in West London and have to go to town to work. Not a single reader.
“The metro or subway is the only way to get into the city and take the metro or the bus from there.
“Anyone who says otherwise has not driven to London. It’s chaos. ”
One woman said that when she returns to work, she has very little choice: to commute for an hour on tubes that can be crowded or to walk for three hours.
She added, “I plan to cycle but two hours on a bike each day will be exhausting and it is also dangerous. “
Another person said that many people who have never lived in the capital may not understand the fact that public transport is almost always essential for getting to work if you do not have a car.
She said, “People have to understand that in London, to get to places, you have to take public transportation … many people don’t have a car.
“Boris told us we could go to work if we couldn’t work from home, so no wonder a lot of people are on the buses and on the subway!” ”