These Pictures Show Just How Busy London's Tube Trains Are Despite People Being Asked Not To Travel
Transport for London is operating a reduced service — which means that although fewer people are travelling, services are still packed.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues in the UK, the government has urged people not to travel unless strictly necessary — but London's tubes are still packed.
Londoners have been sharing pictures of packed services and urging the capital's transit authority — Transport for London — to do something about it.
TfL has closed some of its stations and has been running a reduced service — but with some Londoners still going to work, this has meant some trains are even busier than usual.
Labour MP Neil Coyle said he wants the government to force employers to keep their staff at home if they are not key workers to help tackle the problem.
On Sunday, TfL emailed customers saying: "The number of people using our services has fallen dramatically. but we need even more of you to stop travelling."
There are more confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and there have been more deaths in London than any other UK city — but Londoners are still crowding together on the Tube.
While key workers still need to use public transport to travel around the capital, the government is yet to introduce any stringent lockdown measures — which means everyone is free to take the Tube.
Some self-employed people have also said that the government's failure to offer adequate financial support has also forced them to keep working.
Social distancing advice from the government says that people should stay at least two metres apart to prevent passing on or contracting the coronavirus — but that clearly isn't happening.
Instead, Tube trains look to be some of the busiest enclosed spaces in London.
Transport for London told BuzzFeed News journeys were down 87% — but that "more people need to stop travelling right now".
Vernon Everitt, TfL’s managing director of customers, communication, and technology, said: “To save lives, everyone must follow the government and mayor’s instructions to stay at home and only travel if absolutely essential. Only critical workers should be using public transport and no one else."