Further to the government bail-out announcement last week, Transport for London have now confirmed they are stepping up service frequencies across all modes of transport they are responsible for. With Tube, Bus, TfL Rail, London Overground and the Emirates Airline all running much more frequently there will also be an increase to services on both the Docklands Light Railway and London Tramlink.
As from Monday 18th May services are running as follows:
* Docklands Light Railway – 80% of all services running at approximately a 10 minute frequency
* London Tramlink – 95% of the normal service. Trams will run every 10 minutes between Wimbledon and Elmers End/Beckenham Junction and every 7 minutes between New Addington and central Croydon
TfL continue with the advice that you should only be travelling if it is essential and that if you do travel you use a face covering at all times to try and minimise the risk of spreading the virus. Social distancing is being encouraged with markings put in place at various locations, hand sanitisers are being provided at busy locations – including on the DLR and at tramstops – and additional staff on hand to assist and make sure as many passengers as possible adhere to these restrictions.
Mike Brown MVO, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: “We are working hard to restore all services to normal levels as quickly as possible. Today we have stepped up our services on the way to that to help make the journeys of those who must use public transport as safe as possible. But, given the national requirement to maintain 2 metre social distancing, the capacity of the network is hugely constrained. On the Tube for example, we can only carry 13-15 per cent of normal passenger numbers even once services are back to full strength. As the Government and Mayor have advised, we need people to continue working from home and avoiding public transport if they can. People who must travel are strongly urged to walk or cycle wherever possible. If you need to use public transport, make sure you wear a face covering and avoid the busiest times. We’ve provided detailed information so that customers can plan and retime their journeys. Customers may need to queue to get into stations so that we can control the number of people and ensure everyone can maintain a safe distance wherever possible. Please be patient with our staff, who are making a heroic effort to support London and those who rely on our services. Everyone is doing the best they can in very difficult circumstances.”