Transport for London Update delivered by –
Managing Director, Customers, Communication & Technology
“We have a plan to help London re-open carefully, safely and sustainably.
This follows the advice and messages published by the Government yesterday.
In line with Government plans to increase national rail services, we are working hard to return Tube and bus services to normal levels
under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, with many staff ill, shielding or self-isolating.
By next week, over 70 per cent of Tube services (in line with national rail services) and 85 per cent of bus services will be running.
However, given the national requirement to maintain 2 metres distance between passengers wherever possible, the capacity on the
Tube and buses will be reduced to around 13-15 per cent, even once services are back to full strength.
This means transport must operate very differently.
In line with new Government advice, everyone who can work from home should continue to do so. Public transport should be avoided
wherever possible to free up the limited space available to those who have no alternative way to travel.
If you must travel, please plan ahead and travel outside of the busiest times, particularly first thing in the morning. Please try to take
the most direct route and avoid busy interchanges. To help you plan your journey we will be publishing details of the busiest stations
and lines in the next few days and will write to you again with that information.
If you can, please walk or cycle for all or part of your journey, including to complete your journey if travelling into central London.
We have been introducing local improvements in partnership with boroughs to widen footpaths and provide more cycle lanes.
You can find out more here.
This is also to help support you in making the most of your local shops and outdoor spaces.
We are taking measures across our network to enable social distancing of 2 metres where possible. Please wear a face covering.
Do not travel if you have any symptoms of the virus.
You may be asked to wait to enter a station. Some stations will have one-way systems, or you may be asked to walk on the left.
We are also asking people to maintain social distancing throughout stations, for example on stairs, escalators and in lifts.
If travelling by bus, please maintain social distancing at stops and bus stations wherever possible. Currently you will also need to
board the bus using the middle doors and you do not need to tap in. When in the bus please use all available space, including the upper
deck, if possible, to maintain social distancing.
We are doing everything we can to maintain the cleanliness of our network with regular cleaning using hospital grade antiviral disinfectant.
It is also important that you continue to follow the Government advice on hygiene. Please wash your hands before and after travel and carry
hand sanitiser with you. We are also putting hand sanitiser dispensers in our stations in the coming weeks.
Please be considerate to our staff and follow their instructions. Everyone is doing their best in these difficult times.
Thank you for your help.
I will write to you again with further information in the coming days.
Managing Director, Customers, Communication & Technology”
Source: Transport for London Newsletter
Published: 13th May 2020