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PM concern at upswing in travel on Tube and trains

On the up: Numbers on the Tube rose midweek after a big dip earlier on

COMMUTERS are once again ignoring safety advice by cramming on to public transport.

Passenger numbers on London Underground and rail services fell 90 per cent earlier this week, but Boris Johnson said data for Wednesday showed an increase.

He said the upward trend showed too many people were defying social distancing instructions.

‘Please do not leave your house unless absolutely necessary. It really will save lives,’ he said.

His pleas were echoed by London mayor Sadiq Khan, who asked Londoners to avoid ‘non-essential’ travel. ‘Londoners must work from home, where possible, to protect key workers who need to travel,’ he said.

‘The choices we make today will determine our situation in the weeks to come, so please don’t travel. Stay at home. Protect our NHS.’

All Tube services on the Circle and Waterloo and City lines have been suspended with delays of up to 30 minutes on other lines.

Mr Khan and TfL have been accused of increasing overcrowding risks by cutting services, but the mayor said 90 per cent of buses and 55 per cent of rush-hour trains are still running for essential travel by key workers.