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Carriages packed amid calls to prosecute bosses who force staff to travel to work

Crowded carriage: The Tube seemed as busy as ever despite passenger numbers plummeting PICTURE: REUTERS

WORKERS faced packed trains, buses and Tube carriages in London yesterday amid growing anger about bosses forcing staff to go to the office.

Hours before Boris Johnson issued stronger new measures, squashed commuters made a mockery of social distancing guidelines.

The big squeeze: Commuters packed into a Tube carriage at Stratford, east London PICTURE: AFP

Transport for London has shut 38 stations and cut the frequency of services. So while passenger numbers are down 81 per cent on the Tube and 69 per cent on buses at morning rush hour, services seemed as busy as ever.

No distance: Workers have been given little choice

Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Neil Coyle tweeted a photo of the packed Central Line sent to him by a non-key worker. He wrote: ‘He is being forced to work by his employer. I’ve asked government to consider prosecuting irresponsible employers taking risks with other people’s lives and our NHS.’

In Yorkshire, @1979_gem tweeted: ‘The 2m rule can’t be enforced on public transport. Still awaiting details as to when I can actually work from home.’