London Tube and train shutdown starts today as 40 stations closed – The Sun


LONDON'S Tube and train shutdown starts THIS MORNING as up to 40 stations are closed until further notice. 

The rest of the capital's transport network will be scaled back from tomorrow with the Waterloo & City line shut completely and Night Tube services scrapped.

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Transport for London (TfL) is asking passengers to check if their station is open before travelling.

The 40 stations earmarked for closure last night do not interchange with other lines.

From Monday, will cut the rest of the Tube network with fewer trains running – with around half the number of services passing through Zone 1.

London Overground, TfL Rail, the DLR and London Tram lines will also run fewer services.

The capital's bus network will run a Saturday service through the week.

London is the epicentre of the UK outbreak, with 953 confirmed cases and 35 deaths in the capitall, more than a third of the UK's 104 fatalities so far.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and TfL are urging customers to follow the government's advice and stop all but essential journeys.

He 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."

Coronavirus deaths today soared to 104 in Britain with 33 more killed in a single day by the deadly bug.

Ten deaths were recorded in London alone today as UK fatalities jumped by 46 per cent in just 24 hours.

North Middlesex Hospital believed to have admitted more coronavirus patients than any other NHS trust.

The hospital has to date treated 25 patients with the infection.

Overall, the UK's infection rate spiked again yesteday, soaring by 676 cases from 1,950 to 2,626.

Twenty thousand troops are on standby to help the police and NHS in the battle against the coronavirus.

The armed forces are poised to step in to take over hotels and run them as hospitals and to man roadblocks if required, in a dramatic escalation of the government’s response to the disease.

Last night, Boris Johnson tonight hinted London could face a coronavirus total lockdown.

LONDON LOCKDOWN

Sources close to City Hall said today that the government is preparing fresh legislation to give them the power to stop gatherings, and keep Londoners inside.

It could include measures to stop Londoners leaving their homes except to go to the supermarket or pharmacy, The Sun has been told.

Lambeth (70) Westminster (65) Kensington and Chelsea (55) are among the London boroughs with the highest infection rates.

The TFL closedown is the latest attempt to stop the virus spreading further in the capital.

Earlier this week Boris announced strict new measures – telling everyone to work from home if they can, and to stop going out and socialising with friends and family.

But insiders said the government were alarmed that Londoners were ignoring calls to avoid pubs and restaurants, and further action needed to be taken to stop the spread.

Legislation could allow the government to shut down premises too.

New figures from Transport for London show a drop of 20 per cent on the tubes and buses at the start of March already.

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."

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