Since the order to avoid going outside unless essential, and avoid travel, passengers numbers on London’s trains have plunged by 95 percent, while bus passengers are down by 85 percent.

(c) TfL

According to TfL numbers, around 162,000 unique payment cards – either contactless or Oyster – were used on Tube and rail services across London on Wednesday 1st April. This compares to around two million unique payments cards used on the same services on a typical day.

On the London Underground, including all other tickets, where there was previously around four million journeys per day at this time last year, TfL is now just seeing around 210,000 journeys per day on the Tube.

Reports of some overcrowding in the past week were put down to one instance of a train failure, and also some changed travel habits as people spread out their journey times so that the rush hour started earlier than usual.

For those who do need to travel, TfL has introduced a range of measures to encourage social distancing.

On the Tube, these measures include playing regular announcements over the PA system, displaying a red social distancing poster and, at the busier stations, installing two-metre floor markings on platforms.

Stratford Station (c) TfL

To improve hygiene for essential travellers, the stations, trains and buses are being cleaned daily with an anti-viral disinfectant that provides enhanced protection, with all regularly-touched areas, such as poles and doors, carefully wiped down.

Andy Lord, Managing Director of London Underground said: “This is crucial to stop the spread of coronavirus. Our services are for essential journeys by vital workers in the NHS and other critical services and our staff are working hard to support them and protect all Londoners. Please help them and continue to follow the instruction not to travel for as long as it takes to defeat coronavirus. Stay Home, Don’t Travel, Save Lives.”

(c) TfL

Article last updated on May 25th, 2020 at 03:52 pm


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  1. Melvyn says:

    An announcement has just been made of a subsidy of almost £400 million by the government to keep bus services running see link below –

    The problem on the tube is that passengers may stand apart on platforms ( but not always) but when a train arrives they all crowd into the doors with single leaf doors at carriage ends notably restricted. They then sit next to each other in carriage!

    Whether it’s possible to take single leaf doors out of service and even close off seats may need to be looked at ?

  2. Most up-to-date London Overground service diagram:

    (Bakerloo 30-min to Harrow & Wealdstone restored, and 2tph Euston-Watford Junction)

  3. Bob says:

    It might be that come the end of the current crisis, with so many people and firms switching office staff to home working, the loads might be lighter. Even the AA say that they think road usage will be down afterwards.

  4. JP says:

    Greta will force a smile if that happens and we might crack one too. Would be nice to think that the human race doesn’t go back to racing around quite so headlessly once the latest plague enters the history books.
    History tells us otherwise alas. Look at the persistent partying post~spanish ‘flu’ a century ago. But they had the Great War to forget too i s’pose.
    We are social animals and need to be, frankly, to pass on our genes. But at least more of us “remote working” in these months of sundays means that the beleagured postal workers and all levels of delivery drivers must have freer runs with the drop in traffic. Less stop-start pollution on the M25 we can but dream but we’ll have to see how long it is before there’s a cavalcade of Hermes, DPD,DHL, Ocado and Waitrose vans down Eaton Square for instance. Well, perhaps not Hermes so much

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