Last night the news that up to 40 London Underground stations could soon be closed until further notice to help manage the spread of Covid-19 started circulating on Twitter. This morning it became official, with TfL posting a press release stating that from today (Thursday March 19) it will be running a reduced service that will ensure London’s key workers – we’re waiting for confirmation of who that includes and will update you as soon as we know more – are able to make essential journeys.
From Friday morning (March 20) the Waterloo & City line will shut down, and on Friday and Saturday nights there will be no Night Tube or Night Overground. London Underground staff are being redeployed to support the remaining services elsewhere on the network. Meanwhile, the stations that could be closing from today are:
Great Portland Street
St James’s Park
St John’s Wood
Hyde Park Corner
‘People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really, really have to,’ says Mayor Sadiq Khan. ‘Londoners should be avoiding social interaction unless absolutely necessary, and that means they should be avoiding using the transport network unless absolutely necessary. London will get through these extraordinarily challenging times, and ensuring the capital’s critical workers can move around the city will be crucial.’
If you do need to make an essential journey, check www.tfl.gov.uk for live travel updates before you set off. And remember that whatever happens, we’re here to keep you informed.
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Get up to speed on the latest closures here.