Commuters have called the tube a “suicide mission” as workers cram cars this morning with few masks in sight and no social distancing.
Thousands of people waited this morning for buses and tubes in the capital after the Prime Minister’s speech on Sunday, urging people to return to work if they can do it safely.
But very few people followed the advice published yesterday by the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who asked commuters to wear masks.
The guidelines also suggest that Londoners should have hand sanitizer and that the tube will only carry 13-15% of passengers.
The commuters, however, criticized the mayor of London for the lack of social distancing in place, and also denounced the number of tubes running – leading to overcrowding.
Twitter user Adeleye said: @BorisJohnson @SadiqKhan this morning is like a suicide mission, no social distancing, all coaches cramped on tubes, but you always say stay alert, check the virus .
Commuters go to work this morning with very few masks or respecting social distancing measures
A busy London underground train as more and more people return to work. Government, unions clash over security measures
A busy road in London today as people start to return to work in the capital this morning
Passengers cram into the tube this morning in Canning Town, with very little social distancing in place
And Terry McCarthy posted a photo of a wrapped tube and said, “And they’re trying to tell us that the tube has a capacity of 5%! It’s dangerous and it’s life threatening.
This happens as thousands of low-income Londoners are forced to ride on crowded trains due to the unions’ refusal to ride more trains while Labor Mayor Sadiq Khan insists that London is still locked despite the Mr. Johnson’s exit plan.
Yesterday, in publishing his initial plan for the capital, Khan said the intention was to limit the number of passengers on the metro and buses by encouraging people to travel by other means.
The guide said, “The plan will require major changes in the way people travel to London.
“TfL was able to operate up to 60% of the metro services and more than 80% of the bus services during the crisis to take care of essential journeys.
Canning Town commuters travel on London’s underground network this morning
“It is while managing the impact of the virus on the transport workforce with sick, armored or self-insulating personnel.”
The London Underground will restore the Circle Line and reopen some of the 37 stations that have been closed for weeks.
The orientation added: “The national requirement to maintain a social distance of 2 meters as far as possible means that TfL will only be able to transport around 13 to 15% of the normal number of passengers on the metro and bus networks. , even when 100% of the services are working again over time.
“Transportation providers, borough councils, schools, businesses and Londoners all have a vital role to play in the coming weeks, working with the government to meet a travel demand challenge that far exceeds challenge encountered during the 2012 Olympic Games. ”
TfL also said that it is installing hand sanitizing points at stations and that it will “rigorously” clean buses, tubes and stations. Masks were also offered to staff.
New guidelines issued by the Department of Transport on how to travel safely during the coronavirus epidemic state that passengers should minimize the time they spend near other people and avoid physical contact with them.
Commuters, some wearing masks, on the tube this morning at Canning Town station
Hundreds of passengers in Canning Town, some with masks, are traveling on the subway this morning
He recognizes that “there may be situations where you cannot keep a proper distance from people”, such as on busier or rush hour services.
The document states: “In these cases, you must avoid physical contact, try to turn away from others. “
He continues, “The risk of infection increases as you get closer to someone else and the time you spend in close contact.”
Traffic in the capital jumped 3% compared to last week
Traffic in the capital jumped 3% from last week.
The latest data from TomTom shows that congestion last week in London was 16%.
Latest TomTom Data Shows 3% Increase In Traffic
And today it is 19%, reflecting Boris Johnson’s message on Sunday that people should go back to work if they can do it safely.
A similar pattern has been observed in other large cities.
In Manchester, traffic increased from 15 to 17% compared to the previous week.
And in Liverpool increased by 1 percent from 16 to 17 percent, compared to the previous week
He intervenes after the London RMT union yesterday threatened to shut down the tube altogether if his demands are not met – paralyzing London and torpedoing hopes for an economic recovery – and said it was “considering its options”.
The battle for the future of transportation is also being played out against a larger clash between the private sector – with only 13 percent union membership – and the government trying to get back to work.
The public sector has 77 per cent of union members and has not seen their employees on leave, while private sector workers are cut wages or face imminent unemployment if their employers do not recover. business.
The Railways, Shipping and Transport Union (RMT) also warned its members not to work if they did not feel safe, amid fears of an increase in the number of passengers on the railways and tubes.
And assistant secretary general Mike Lynch told Bloomberg that a strike is now possible if the number of passengers increases in the week.
He said: “Maybe today will not be the big upsurge, but if companies get the message that they should encourage their workers to come back, they will contact people today and tomorrow and from here at the end of the week, we could have a strong upsurge. in numbers.
“We will look into this and if necessary, we are still able to vote on people if they are in unsafe conditions, and a strike is a possibility. We would rather have discussions on a controlled system with a national plan, to get the country back to work when it is safe. In the absence of that, we may have to think about our position. “
Transportation to London has cut tube and bus services to 15% and 12% respectively from normal levels – and closed 40 stations.
Public transport services have been decimated by the collapse in demand and the shortage of personnel. Passengers are always advised not to use trains and buses.