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Transport for London warns London Underground commuters may have to queue outside stations at busy times

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Transport for London has said that commuters can expect to see queues outside London Underground stations.

The warning means that one way of ensuring social distancing on the Tube may be to restrict the number of people being allowed into stations, in a similar way to the now common queues outside supermarkets.

A statement in the weekend travel warning from Transport for London said: “Due to the national requirement of maintaining 2 metre social distancing, passengers travelling at peak times (between 5.45am and 8.15am and between 4pm and 5.30pm on weekdays) might be expected to queue to enter stations and experience delays to their journeys.”

The warning went alongside the list of 20 stations which should be avoided at busy times if possible.

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Although the government and TfL say that public transport should be avoided, the Tube is one of the main ways used by Londoners to get to work, now that some industries have reopened.

While the majority of London Underground services have been quiet, some rush hour services have appeared crowded with social distancing not possible.

It has been estimated that just 10 people can safely travel per Tube carriage, a reduction in capacity to just 15 per cent.



Transport for London has recently ramped up the number of services it is running to allow to spread the number of passengers on each service.

The condition was part of a £1.6 billion bailout deal between the government and TfL after the public transport body run out of funds to continue operations.

Other conditions included reinstating and widening the scope of Congestion Charge and ULEZ and fares on buses.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce a further relaxing of the lockdown at the press conference on Bank Holiday Monday (May 25), with possible announcements being made on opening more non-essential shops and the creation of “social bubbles” of loved ones you may be able to visit for the first time in more than two months since the lockdown was established.

The 20 stations TfL has warned to avoid during rush hour include:

East Ham – entry

Barking – entry and interchange

Brixton – entry

Canada Water – interchange

Canning Town – entry and interchange

Clapham Junction – interchange

East Croydon – entry and interchange

Lewisham DLR – entry

Leyton – entry

Liverpool Street (Tube) – entry

London Bridge (Tube) – entry

North Acton – interchange

Seven Sisters – entry and interchange

Stratford – entry and interchange

Walthamstow Central – interchange

West Croydon – entry

West Ham – interchange

Wood Green – entry

Woolwich Arsenal – entry

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