London in gridlock as thousands try and flee capital ahead of second lockdown

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Rush-hour traffic has skyrocketed across London as England prepares to be plunged back into lockdown at midnight.

Congestion levels have soared to 102% in the capital – more than 30% higher than average for November, according to reports.

Roads are gridlocked across the country as stats show jams stretching for thousands of miles.

It comes as Brits scramble to make arrangements ahead of the second national shutdown that comes into force on Thursday.

Boris told the country to work from home wherever possible from Thursday, with city streets now lined with desperate motorists.

There are 2,624 traffic jams on the roads in the capital, stretching to a combined total of 1,205, Mail Online reports.

All but essential shops will close and Brits have been told to work from home wherever possible.

Pubs, bars and restaurants will be takeaway only as the shutters come down on the UK until at least December 2.

According to TomTom, traffic is also gridlocked in parts of Birmingham, where congestion levels are above average for the time of the year.

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A similar picture is on show in Liverpool, where congestion is 4% higher than usual.

And traffic in Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield has also surged.

The Prime Minister secured the backing of enough MPs tonight to enforce a second national lockdown which will have Brits told to work from home and avoid offices.

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He has vowed that the restrictions will be loosened on December 2 but warned the country must act to drive the R rate down.

Johnson has promised colleagues that the country will return to a tiered approach following the circuit breaker.

Millions of Brits have lived under tough lockdown in tier 3, with swathes of the north-facing months of bans on socialising.

Speaking from Downing Street today Boris said: "I want to apologise to all of you who are experiencing the frustrations and the nightmare of the Covid world.

"I know how tough it has been for you and I'm full of admiration for the determination you've shown in persevering through this crisis."

  • London
  • Lockdown
  • Coronavirus

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