TfL: Tube journeys up by 10% compared to last week
There was a 10% increase in London
Underground journeys early on Thursday compared with the same period last week,
Transport for London (TfL) said.
Demand between 5am to 6am was up compared
with last week but down from Wednesday.
People in England are being urged to
return to work but avoid public transport.
Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT union, accused the Government of having a "contradictory and potentially lethal approach" to the pandemic.
He said: "When we go outside our homes into open spaces two-metre social distancing must be maintained at all times, but then on the other hand the Government is not lifting a finger to prevent the cramming of passengers into confined spaces on bus, train and Tube services."
Cabinet minister Robert Jenrick said he would be prepared to board a packed bus or train to commute to work as the coronavirus lockdown is eased, although he acknowledged overcrowding was a problem.
The Communities Secretary told BBC Radio 5
Live: "We have given guidance that to
protect yourself and others you could choose to wear a face covering.
"You should be taking precautions
like social distancing if you can - I appreciate that isn't always possible and
some of the scenes... show buses and Tubes too full to be able to sit two
metres apart and that's a problem.
"That's one of the reasons why we are
trying to encourage as many people as can to drive to work - if they have a car
- or to walk or cycle."
Data published by location technology firm
TomTom showed there was more traffic in the UK's major cities compared with the
The congestion level in London at 8am was
19%, up from 16% last week.
Other cities to experience an increase
include Belfast (from 12% to 15%), Birmingham (from 9% to 11%), Cardiff (from
8% to 11%), Edinburgh (from 12% to 15%) and Manchester (from 10% to 13%).
The figures represent the proportion of
additional time required for journeys compared with free-flow conditions.