Social distancing – commuter travel

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  • SimonS1

    So Sadiq Khan was interviewed on Sky today, I didn’t clock his point the first time but it has been replayed several times since. It appears that even if operating 100% of services, TFL services could only operate at between 13% and 15% of capacity and maintain social distancing.

    The reserves of TFL are basically empty and the government has stepped in with £1.6m bailout to allow them to in effect operate empty services (I suppose right now a billion is pocket change).

    LNER has introduced mandatory reservations on the East Coast rail line to control numbers. And basically all rail franchises have been suspended (ie collapsed).

    Even with some management (spreading working hours, working from home etc) it’s hard to see how social distancing can be maintained if any degree of normality in the economy is to be achieved.

    The only positive seems to be that the R number is down to 0.4 in London.


    Social distancing and overcrowding seems to very considerable depending the area.

    A large percentage of the tube overcrowding has been in East London. Canning Town, West Ham and Stratford have been overcrowding hot spots.

    My local train line, the Welwyn Garden City to Moorgate line has been empty. Thameslink and Great Northern trains from Cambridge and Peterborough have also been rather empty.

    The vast majority of people working in financial services, legal, media, tech, marketing etc can work from home.

    Overcrowding seems to be in areas were you have a large number of construction workers located.


    The only positive seems to be that the R number is down to 0.4 in London.

    Could the initial overcrowding (herding) be responsible for London now being safer than Newcastle or Newport ?
    So, what we were told not to do, has ironically and sadly as far as the high death toll in London means the virus has pretty much burned itself out in the capital.

    Makes you wonder what will happen when all of us (80ish % of the population ) that have pretty much been shielded from the danger start filling the streets up again, whether or not social distancing is observed or not ?

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