Can I still travel into London during the coronavirus outbreak? – The Sun


DOWNING Street insists any future coronavirus restrictions will not involve isolating London. 

But trains and buses are being affected by staff shortages. 

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Are trains still running in and out of London? 

Yes they are, but there are reductions in services. 

A partial shutdown of the London Underground is beginning.

Up to 40 stations that do not interchange with other lines are going to be closed "until further notice".

The Night Tube, which normally operates on Friday and Saturday nights, has been suspended and there will be no Waterloo and City line services.

South Western Railway is cancelling trains into London at short notice because it says "like most organisations, we're seeing more staff having to stay at home unwell".

Govia Thameslink Railway has cancelled a "small number of services" due to workers being unwell or self-isolating.

What would a lockdown mean for public transport? 

First off Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman told reporters: “There is zero prospect of any restriction being placed on travelling in or out of London.”

He said police were responsible for maintaining law and order and there were no plans to use the military for this purpose, though the government put military reservists on formal notification.

But events are happening fast and the Government could change its mind. 

A lockdown could mean key workers only are allowed to use a reduced public transport service. 

What should commuters do if they have season tickets?

The Rail Delivery Group explains that season tickets can be refunded, depending on how long is left unused on them, but there may be an admin fee.

A spokesperson said: “Rail companies understand that these are exceptional times and we are committed to playing our part to support the national effort to delay the spread of coronavirus.

“Train operators have agreed that for tickets they have sold, they are waiving refund fees on most refundable fares and in the case of cheaper advance fares, all operators will be allowing fee-free changes to a trip if someone decides to change when they travel.”

What is the government advice on travelling?

The current government guidance is: "Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible."

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