Transport for London to run reduced service in coronavirus response
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed that Transport for London (TfL) services will be reduced to a weekend level in the coming days to fight coronavirus.
Khan today told Sky News a “Saturday and Sunday type service” was to be put in place first before service then reduces further, as he reiterated that the official advice is not to use public transport unless it’s for essential purposes. However, he said that nurses, doctors and other essential workers would need to get to and from work.
He also emphasised that TfL is already running an enhanced cleaning regime.
London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, said: “We and our staff are doing everything we can to ensure that people who need to make essential journeys can continue to do so. Part of that involves matching service levels to the actual demand for travel. That work is underway and will evolve over time.
“In the meantime, we have upped our cleaning regime on the transport network. Everyone should follow the advice of Public Health England to ensure they are doing everything they can to stay safe and limit the spread of the virus.”
Earlier this week, TfL had already issued an update on how the Covid-19 virus has affected its passenger numbers, with passenger numbers having fallen 2% year on year in the week commencing 2 March. Since then, however, the greater numbers of people working from home has led to an acceleration in the reduction in passenger numbers in the last week to around 19% on the Tube and 10% on buses compared to the same week the previous year.