Footage from Canning Town tube station in East London shows tens of workers forced to forego coronavirus social distancing rules as they wait to board their service. Transport for London (TfL) reported issues on the line and said some services had to be cancelled, resulting in the unexpected overcrowding. Social media users challenged the government body for failing to ensure social distancing was maintained as London remains on high alert due to the concerning spread of COVID-19 across the Capital.
Former Press Secretary to the Queen Dickie Arbiter commented: “This is truly shocking – why aren’t @TfL station staff managing passengers on platforms or hasn’t the @MayorofLondon thought of that one yet?”
BBC reporter Tom Edwards, who originally shared the video said: “Tube drivers getting increasingly concerned at number of travellers. This footage sent to me was Canning Town first thing.
“TfL say there were service issues this morning at Canning Town that caused this overcrowding. It says it is not common.
“And to be clear I am not criticising anyone going to work. I am reporting tube drivers and their union have concerns about overcrowding. It happened at these stations back in March and also earlier this week.”
Others defended the workers forced to be packed on the carriage despite the stay-at-home order currently in place across England.
One user wrote: “Terrifying, but absolutely not their fault. It’s their employers forcing them to still work.
“The majority are construction workers with heavy tools, working all over London doing hard physical work, so unrealistic to expect them to walk/cycle.”
Another wrote: “London desperately needs more cycling infrastructure. Cycling is the magic silver bullet for so many problems in life and in big cities. It doesn’t solve everything, but it’s remarkably good at fixing what it does touch.”
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