London transport services slashed but govt insists 'no lockdown'

 

The shutdown of the capital to shield it from further spread of the deadly coronavirus has begun, with Transport for London announcing the phased withdrawal of services.

Certain Tube services are being closed or reduced and stations closed but the government insists there are no restrictions on moving in or out of the capital and no restrictions on people being able to leave the house.

Further measures to close venues like bars and restaurants and non-food shops have not been ruled out however.

From Thursday (19 March) up to 40 London Underground (LU) stations that do not interchange with other lines will be closed until further notice.

Anyone who needs to make essential journeys should check www.tfl.gov.uk for live travel updates before they travel. 

From this Friday morning (20 March), there will be no service on the Waterloo & City line.

Night Tube and Overground

On Friday and Saturday nights there will be no all-night 'Night Tube' or the all-night 'Night Overground' service on the East London line.

Available staff will be redeployed to ensure the resilience of the regular Tube and Overground services.

However, late services on the Underground and Overground will continue to run, with trains running late into the night on all days for essential travel only.

Reduced frequencies

From Monday 23 March, TfL said it would start to reduce the frequency of other services across its network as well.

It will continue to provide services to help critical workers can get to where they need to, while 'ensuring that remaining services are not overcrowded'.

TfL is aiming to run Tube trains every 4 minutes in Zone 1, with the possibility that this will reduce further.

Then from next week and until further notice, London Overground, TfL Rail, the DLR and London Trams will run fewer services.

Buses

On the bus network, from Monday 23 March until further notice, a service similar to Saturday running times will operate.

TfL's extensive night bus network will continue; providing critical workers with a reliable night option.

Following the decision to close many schools completely, TfL will also review which school buses should still run and which should be amended at a later date.

TfL is working closely with the Government and other agencies and keeping all services under review.

Don't travel unless you must

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: 'People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really, really have to. Londoners should be avoiding social interaction unless absolutely necessary, and that means they should be avoiding using the transport network unless absolutely necessary.

'London will get through these extraordinarily challenging times, and ensuring the capital's critical workers can move around the city will be crucial.

'Frontline staff across our health and care service - as well as those ensuring Londoners stay safe and can access food and other essentials - should be commended for their hard work. We owe it to them to do whatever we can to help them do their jobs effectively.'

Stations that could be closed include the following: (Customers are advised to check the TfL website for live updates before they travel)

Stations that could be closed include the following:

(Customers are advised to check the TfL website for live updates before they travel)

Bakerloo line

  • Lambeth North
  • Regents Park
  • Warwick Avenue
  • Kilburn Park
  • Charing Cross

Central line

  • Holland Park
  • Queensway
  • Lancaster Gate
  • Chancery Lane
  • Redbridge

Circle line

  • Bayswater
  • Great Portland Street
  • Barbican

District line

  • Bow Road
  • Stepney Green
  • Mansion House
  • Temple
  • St James's Park
  • Gloucester Road

Jubilee line

  • Swiss Cottage
  • St John's Wood
  • Bermondsey
  • Southwark

Northern line

  • Tuffnell Park
  • Chalk Farm
  • Mornington Crescent
  • Goodge Street
  • Borough
  • Clapham South
  • Tooting Bec
  • South Wimbledon
  • Hampstead

Piccadilly line

  • Caledonian Road
  • Arsenal
  • Covent Garden
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Bounds Green
  • Manor House

Victoria line

  • Pimlico
  • Blackhorse Road

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