Trains still packed despite strict coronavirus social distancing guidelines

There are busy trains on Monday morning despite pleas from the government for people to work from home "where they possibly can".

It was announced on Sunday that trains in England will be run on a reduced service from Monday as social distancing measures were issued to help tackle the spread of the killer coronavirus illness.

But pictures from rush hour were widely shared on social media on Monday morning showing plenty of packed trains, making social distancing "impossible".

One commuter tweeted: "No space in the carriage after 30 minutes waiting time for a train to arrive."

Another posted to say: "TfL (Transport for London) has reduced the frequency of London Underground trains, which are now busier than they should be.

"Not much social distancing on the Piccadilly Line this morning. I am classed as a 'key worker' and rely on the Tube."

Finn Brennan, district organiser for train drivers' union Aslef, said some London Underground platforms were extremely busy on Monday morning.

He wrote on Twitter: "Still heavy loading on some Tube lines this morning making social distancing impossible.

"This is endangering the health of the vital workers who have to use the system.

"The Government must act now to ensure only essential journeys are made.

"I'm being sent pictures of crush loaded platforms at some Jubilee line platforms this morning. Drivers and other front line staff are furious."

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Mick Cash, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, said: "There is still enormous personal pressure on the Tube workforce who are exposed to levels of social contact that the Government say are unacceptable for the wider public.

"The only people using our transport services should be essential workers who have to travel. Everyone else should stay away to protect themselves, the staff and the wider community."

Transport for London is urging people to only travel if their journey is "absolutely essential".

It has suspended the Circle line and Waterloo & City line, and reduced frequencies on other parts of the Tube network.

Bus services have also been cut.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has suggested that NHS staff could be given free parking at hospitals, which may reduce public transport passenger numbers.

He told Sky News: "We are looking at that, actually. I can't make an announcement now.

"There are complications because you have got to make sure patients are able to park, but it is something that if we can find a way to do it, I would love to."

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