Coronavirus: Public transport systems face an uncertain future

  • 30 June 2020
  • From the section London
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Image caption Face coverings are mandatory for everyone using public transport

How can mass transit survive when it can't carry high numbers of passengers? That is the question vexing the authorities.

Most of the time trains and buses are operating with social distancing and sometimes they seem to be running very empty. Those who are travelling on them wear masks and some are still reticent to use public transport.

That doesn't look like changing very much and it's very much what the authorities want to see in the short to medium term.

The messaging hasn't changed from "avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary". Arguably the language has softened a little from only "essential" journeys to "necessary".

Already car journeys are rising.

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Outgoing TfL chief: Croydon tram crash was 'worst day in 30-year career'

  • 23 June 2020
  • From the section London
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Image caption Mike Brown was managing director of London Underground and Rail before taking over as Transport for London Commissioner

The transport commissioner job is of course the most important role for keeping the capital moving.

Mike Brown took over the position in 2015, promising to modernise and upgrade the Tube and deliver both Crossrail and Crossrail 2.

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Coronavirus: How realistic is Crossrail opening next year?

  • 16 June 2020
  • From the section London
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Image caption Software testing has begun again on the Crossrail system following the coronavirus lockdown

If there's one thing London's public transport needs right now, it's more capacity.

Social distancing means only 13-20% of passengers can use the London Underground or buses.

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Coronavirus: Will traffic in London double as lockdown eases?

  • 10 June 2020
  • From the section London
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Image caption TfL modelling has shown that if nothing is done, car use in central London will double

Gridlock. Congestion. Delays. Increased journey times. Pollution. Is this what will happen to London's already constrained roads as lockdown eases?

Transport for London (TfL) says due to social distancing, capacity on the Tube will be reduced to 15-20% and 20-25% on buses.

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Coronavirus: London bus drivers 'spat at 60 times' during lockdown

  • 2 June 2020
  • From the section London
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Image caption Twenty-nine London bus drivers have died with coronavirus

If any more evidence was needed that transport workers are on the front line with Covid-19, it emerged today at the Transport for London (TfL) board meeting.

This was Mike Brown's last one in charge of TfL and there were some grim figures.

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Coronavirus: Tube numbers to be 'severely restricted'

  • 5 May 2020
  • From the section London
Tube carriage Image copyright Pete Kenny
Image caption Some Tube were sometimes packed with commuters, particularly at the start of the lockdown

A severely reduced number of passengers will be allowed to use the Tube network in order to stick to strict social distancing rules, a leaked Transport for London (TfL) report has warned.

Its message is extremely stark - with social distancing it will only be able to transport tens of thousands of commuters rather than hundreds of thousands.

Image copyright TfL
Image caption The report shows the current service would be able to handle 30,000 passengers with 2m distancing

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Coronavirus: Will London embrace walking and cycling?

  • 4 May 2020
  • From the section London
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The fabric of cities looks set to radically change as the pandemic lockdown eases.

The challenge for the authorities is that cities are built on moving a high density of people very quickly.

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Coronavirus: Perfect storm brewing at Transport for London

  • 21 April 2020
  • From the section London
A man wearing a full face mask walks out of Westminster underground train station on April 17, 2020 in London, United Kingdom Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Income from fares has "reduced to a trickle" for Transport for London

London transport faces a massive challenge unlike anything it has encountered before.

Transport for London (TfL) as an organisation was already making cuts to balance its books but it is now wrestling with the evaporation of its biggest revenue generator - fares.

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Coronavirus: Workers still using Tube during outbreak

  • 1 April 2020
  • From the section London
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Image caption Commuters on the Central line pack into a rush hour Tube carriage

There has been a steep decline in travel in the capital, but millions of journeys are still being made in London every day.

Overcrowding on public transport has become and still is a huge issue during this coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Pollution levels fall 'dramatically'

  • 1 April 2020
  • From the section London
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Image caption Views of London on lockdown and unhindered by smog

London views, once covered in smog, are clearer. Certainly at night you can see far more stars and satellites and asthma sufferers say they are breathing more easily.

Air pollution in London has fallen so dramatically since the capital's Covid-19 lockdown, monitors used to measure toxicity are alerting the data collectors to possible faults with the readings.

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