Travel through chaos as trains and highways are laden with people fleeing London for Christmas

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Travel chaos set in on Saturday night as people scrambled out of London before the level 4 restrictions were introduced.

Traffic data showed congestion was increasing inside and around London, and train prices were skyrocketing with increased demand.
Plus, train tickets were selling out quickly. As of 7 p.m. Saturday night, there were no trains available online from several London stations, including Paddington, Kings Cross and Euston.

Images taken at St Pancras Station in London showed passengers rushing down the concourse to board northbound trains.
Travelers were told that social distancing “will not be possible” due to the sheer number of people on board and that those who feel “uncomfortable” should not stay on the train.
Harriet Clugston, a passenger, said people on the trains tried to reserve space for themselves, but there was not enough room to do so.
“As expected, the train is packed,” she wrote on Twitter.

“The ad on tannoy says that social distancing” won’t be possible “because of the volume and going down if you’re not comfortable with it.
“People have tried to secure social distancing by placing [bags] on the seats, but the other passengers asked them to remove them because the train is so full. ”
A woman, who declined to be named, said she and her partner had made the “shared decision” to take their young son to his parents’ home on the coast.

“We just made the decision to leave based on the fact that my parents had said to come, and we couldn’t stand the thought of not having fresh air and a toddler coming over. was walking in a small apartment for the foreseeable time, ”she told the Press Association.

Anectdotal reports have suggested that the motorways leaving London are filled with drivers leaving to bypass the new restrictions.
Some people drove out of their newly restricted areas for a long time, while others left to spend the last few hours with no level 4 anywhere.
Izzy, 22, from Bristol, said she wanted ‘the safety of being home for Christmas’ and her parents came to pick her up before the restrictions came into effect.

“I have a slight nervousness that they are blocking the roads or that something is preventing me from going home,” she told the Press Association.
Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that all areas in the east and south-east of England – including London – which were at level 3 will enter the newly defined level 4 from midnight.
Level 4 effectively brings residents back to the rules in place during the nationwide lockdown.
Those in levels 1, 2 and 3 can now only mingle with other households for a Christmas celebration on December 25 instead of the longer period originally planned by the government.
Additional reports from the Press Association

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