Transport for London is increasing services to up to 85 per cent of the normal timetable as more people return to work despite the threat of coronavirus.
But commuters have been warned that capacity will be “hugely reduced” due to social distancing rules and they should avoid travelling during peak times in the morning and afternoon.
TfL has identified the busiest places on its Tube and rail network. Scroll down for a list.
Passengers have been asked to wear a face covering, respect the space of fellow commuters and not to travel if they have any symptoms of coronavirus.
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In its latest travel advice, which echoes previous warnings, TfL said by next week it plans to increase service levels to around 85 per cent on the bus network, and 75 per cent on the Tube and London Overground to be in line with National Rail services.
A full service will be operating on TfL Rail and service levels will be raised to 80 per cent on the DLR which operates mostly in east London.
In an email to customers, a TfL managing director, Vernon Everitt, wrote: “However, given the national requirement to maintain 2 metres distance between passengers wherever possible, the capacity on all services will be hugely reduced.
“On the Tube, for example, capacity will only be around 13-15 per cent of normal even once services are back to full strength.
“This means transport must operate very differently.”
He added: “In line with 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.”
TfL said many of its staff are themselves ill, shielding or self-isolating.
Commuters have been told to travel outside of the busiest times, especially first thing in the morning between 5.15am and 8.15am and between 4pm and 5.30pm.
They are encouraged to take the most direct route and avoid busy interchanges.
These stations and lines should be avoided:
– Central line between South Woodford/Redbridge and Stratford
– Jubilee line between Stratford and Westminster
– District line between Dagenham Heathway and Aldgate East
– Victoria line
– London Overground between Stratford and Willesden Junction
– DLR between Woolwich Arsenal and Canning Town
Passengers may be asked to wait to enter a station.
Some stations are using one-way systems.
For those travelling by bus, they must board using the middle doors.
Like the Government, TfL is urging people to consider walking or cycling instead during all or part of their journey.
Passengers are being asked to:
– Wear a face covering
– Keep two metres apart from others where possible
– Wash their hands before and after your journey
– Carry a hand sanitiser or use sanitiser points installed in stations
– Use contactless or Oyster cards to pay for travel
– Follow Government and TfL advice
– Be considerate to staff
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All front-line staff are being given face coverings and taxi and private hire drivers have been asked to wear one.
TfL said it is carrying out regular cleaning using hospital grade antiviral disinfectant to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
It is also updating its digital tools such as journey planner, Facebook TravelBot and the real-time data used by third party apps.
The congestion charge for people driving into central London is being reintroduced on Monday under the terms of a £1.6bn Government bailout to keep Tube and bus services going until September.
The congestion charge will rise from £11.50 to £15 for a year from June 22.
The charge will be extended, temporarily at least, to between 7am and 10pm seven days a week.
Large parts of London will be made car-free as the lockdown is eased.
Main streets between between London Bridge and Shoreditch, Euston and Waterloo, and Old Street and Holborn will be limited to buses, pedestrians and cyclists.