Warning London’s transport system could be “swamped”

Transport for London’s being warned that the Capitals buses and tubes could be overwhelmed if travel restrictions are eased whilst social distancing rules remain in place.

ITV News has talked to a source at London’s Strategic Coordination Group who warns that the re-opening of schools would be enough to swamp the bus network, leaving no room for essential workers like NHS staff. It adds that officials think it’ll be impossible to maintain the two metre distancing requirements.

An SCG source told ITV News the briefing document set out the risks, including additional pressure on the police, but further work was needed to come up with a workable plan.

ITV adds that ideas include government media campaigns to encourage continued working from home, persuading more schoolchildren to walk or cycle and, as ‘a last resort’, queuing procedures at Tube and rail stations.


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