Planned services to support London’s critical workers
19 Mar 2020 01:57 PM
TfL to run a reduced service to enable London's critical workers to make essential journeys.
- From this Friday, there will be no Waterloo & City line.
- Until further notice, on Friday and Saturday nights there will be no all-night 'Night Tube' service or the all-night 'Night Overground' service that currently runs on the East London line. This is to ensure the resilience of the regular Tube and Overground services. Late services on both the Tube and Overground will continue to run for essential journeys.
- London buses will operate fewer services, but TfL's extensive night bus network will continue to provide critical workers with a reliable night option on Friday and Saturday nights and throughout the week.
- Everyone urged not to use public transport for anything other than essential journeys
Following the Government's advice to stop non-essential social contact, the Mayor of London has asked Transport for London (TfL) to make a number of changes to services to ensure a safe and reliable service to enable London's critical workers who need to make essential journeys. The Mayor of London and TfL are urging all other customers to follow the Government's advice and not make anything but essential journeys.
From tomorrow, 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. On Friday and Saturday nights there will be no all-night 'Night Tube' service or the all-night 'Night Overground' service that currently runs on the East London line. Available staff will be redeployed to ensure the resilience of the regular Tube and Overground services. Late services on the Tube and Overground will continue to run, with trains running late into the night on all days for essential travel only.
From Monday 23 March, TfL will gradually reduce the frequency of other services across the TfL network to provide a service for critical workers to get to where they need to - 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.
Similarly, from next week until further notice, London Overground, TfL Rail, the DLR and London Trams will run fewer services.
On the bus network, from Monday 23 March until further notice, a service similar to a Saturday will run. TfL's extensive night bus network will continue, to provide critical workers with a reliable night option.
Following the decision to close many schools completely, TfL will review which school buses should still run and which should be amended at a later date.
Although these are the services TfL plans to run, if fewer staff are available further measures may be needed. TfL is working closely with the Government and other agencies and keeping all services under review.
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