Train cancellations and station closures are forcing those who have to travel into close proximity
Boris Johnson’s lockdown announcement last night – though he carefully avoided calling it that – has had zero impact this morning on the crowding of public transport into and around London, with horrific scenes of packed trains:
The failure of the announcement to impact on crowded trains is entirely unsurprising – because the lack of joined-up thinking in the government has created bottlenecks that force those who must travel into close proximity with each other, even though around 80% of travellers in the capital are staying home.
While the Chinese government has increased the number of trains running, to provide space for commuters to keep apart, in the UK forty London underground stations have been closed – and mass reductions in train services mean that rail travellers have to pack together onto the few trains that are running:
Telling people to do something while confusing them and depriving them of the means of doing so is entirely typical of the Tory approach to government. But in this crisis it is going to cost lives – and makes a mockery of the government’s continued attempts to shift blame onto the public.
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