Tube drivers ‘furious’ as trains remain packed despite coronavirus warnings

Andrew Cummings
March 24, 2020

The already-tardy Elizabeth line project in London suffered a further delay on Tuesday, as Transport for London confirmed that all work on the Crossrail project would be stopped for the foreseeable future as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Nurse Julia Harris, who commutes to work at Imperial College NHS Trust, said she had left earlier and changed her route to avoid crowds but still found the District Line to be busy this morning.

Meanwhile, yesterday (March 22), Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Brits that they need to keep six feet apart or Government would consider putting the country on a total lockdown.

"Seats on the train all had at least one person so people needed to stand, and the District line was busy as well", she said.

With services reduced to try and encourage people to stay away, platforms were still packed and tubes full to bursting with people all trying to get into work.

"I still don't think things have improved as a large amount of people are commuting early in the morning".

"I live in zone 4 and work in a zone 1 hospital". The choice isn't there and my commute is quite long.

"I love my job, but now I'm risking my health just on the journey in!"

General secretary Manuel Cortes said: "Only government has the power to enforce what's needed".

London transport commissioner Mike Brown said: 'The Government and the Mayor have given clear instructions to stay safe and to stop travelling in all cases other than critical workers making absolutely essential journeys.

Public transport is now meant to be for "critical workers" only but it doesn't seem to be working.

"Now on the tube (delayed school start) and it's busy". Transport workers and other staff are risking their safety.

They are particularly picking out construction workers and believe all the sites in London should be closed.

With suppliers themselves also cutting back of deliveries to building sites, a suspension of engineering works on TfL and shutting construction sites on Crossrail was more a matter of when rather than if.

Speaking from Downing Street on Monday, Johnson said that while no prime minister wants to make demands of limiting movements but the situation is such that a clamp down on people's movement and crackdown on any gatherings of more than two people was inevitable.

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