A special unit of 500 BTP consoles is now patrolling the national rail network, and passengers are reminded at the station that only one-way trips are recommended.
According to Mayor Sadik Khan, the number of London Underground users has declined in the past two days. His remarks followed protests earlier this week when it was learned that the reduction in subway transportation services was as busy as usual at peak times, making social distance impossible.
The mayor said yesterday that the number of passengers had dropped by one third, but more had to be done. He continued: “We need more Londoners to do the right thing and stay home.
“Nearly a third of TfL employees are sick or independent – including train drivers and control personnel.
“Many have taken critical security training for years to follow certain paths – so it is not possible to replace them with others.
“If the number of TfL hospital employees or entrepreneurs continues to increase – as we expect – we have no choice but to reduce our services.”
To prevent underground use, several additional escalators were turned off and queues at the ticket office were introduced.
BTP deputy police chief Sean O’Callaghan said: “The steps announced by the prime minister are to save lives, which are part of the daily work of our employees. We support the railroad operators and the most important employees who travel home tonight with 500 employees throughout the country Railroad network.
“They will become a patrol station, support railroad personnel, and remind the public of the urgent need to comply with government recommendations. Only those who travel basic need to use pipelines and trains.
“We urge people to do the right thing and help us save lives by staying at home and slowing the spread of the virus.”