Tube stations close but Camden Town and Kentish Town remain open
Passengers complain of overcrowded carriages amid worries about the virus spreading
20 March, 2020 — By Helen Chapman
Tube stations Tufnell Park, Chalk Farm, Mornington Crescent, Swiss Cottage and Hampstead tube stations are shut from today (Friday) amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Camden Town and Kentish Town tube stations remain open as well as Camden Road and West Hampstead rail stations.
But some commuters have complained that trains have become busier whilst services have been reduced.
It comes after Boris Johnson said the virus was spreading faster in London than other parts of the UK.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the number of services would probably “continue to reduce, potentially very significantly, over the days and weeks ahead”, but TfL would “make sure essential workers can still get around”.
It is advised Londoners should only use transport for essential travel.
Simon Kilonback, TfL’s chief finance officer, said: “We continue to follow and communicate Public Health England advice, including that there is no specific risk on public transport.”
Mick Whelan, General Secretary of the ASLEF union for tube drivers said: “Our members are vital in keeping this country functioning. They are not able to work from home. They are having to go out when many are not, to ensure that nurses, doctors and paramedics can get to hospitals.
“ASLEF will do everything in our power to ensure that the rail industry does everything possible to keep you safe. Your safety and keeping this country running are ASLEF’s priorities.”