London Underground staff were left “furious” this morning after services remained packed, despite passengers being urged not to travel unless they have a critical job.
Finn Brennan, district organiser for train drivers’ union Aslef, expressed alarm at services which were extremely busy despite advice aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
He wrote on Twitter: “Still heavy loading on some Tube lines this morning making social distancing impossible.
“This is endangering the health of the vital workers who have to use the system.
“The Government must act now to ensure only ESSENTIAL journeys are made.
“I’m being sent pictures of crush loaded platforms at some Jubilee line platforms this morning. Drivers and other frontline staff are furious.”
Mick Cash, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, said: “There is still enormous personal pressure on the Tube workforce who are exposed to levels of social contact that the Government say are unacceptable for the wider public.
“The only people using our transport services should be essential workers who have to travel. Everyone else should stay away to protect themselves, the staff and the wider community.”
Transport for London is urging people to only travel if their journey is “absolutely essential”.
Last week 40 Tube stations were closed for the foreseeable future in an attempt to reduce the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
There is no night Tube and bus services have also been reduced.
The Waterloo and City line is shut and TfL said it would gradually reduce other parts of its network.
These include the London Overground, TfL Rail, the DLR and the tram network in south London.
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