London news Worrying video shows huge crowds crammed onto platform at Tube station Uk news
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Breaking News ! Sign up to FREE email alerts from MyLondon - London Underground NewsSubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid EmailAlarming footage showing huge crowds of commuters packed onto an East London Tube platform has been shared on social media, amid what is being considered the most dangerous stage of the pandemic yet. The video, taken on Thursday morning (January 14), shows dozens of passengers waiting on the platform at Canning Town, with little room to social distance. It was sent exclusively to the BBC by Tube drivers who are worried about the dangers of passenger levels, as Covid-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in the capital. For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here . Sharing the footage on Twitter, BBC correspondent Tom Edwards said: "Tube drivers getting increasingly concerned at number of travellers. This footage sent to me was Canning Town first thing." Transport for London (TfL) told Mirror Online that crowds formed after multiple services were cancelled, and that this was due to a faulty train and staff absences because of Covid. Nick Dent, London Underground’s Director of Line Operations, said: “Three Jubilee trains serving Canning Town were unfortunately cancelled at short notice this morning due to staff absence, causing higher numbers of people to be waiting on platforms for a short amount of time. "This morning’s video is not representative of the rest of the Tube network nor of this station for the rest of the day." The shocking footage comes after over 10,000 cases were recorded in London in just one day. On the same day (Wednesday, January 13) the number of Covid-19 deaths in London sadly surpassed 10,000. And while TfL said the overcrowding is "not common", passenger numbers on public transport in London have been considerably higher in this national lockdown when compared to the first lockdown in March. 4.9 million entries and exits were made on the Tube from Monday, January 4 to Thursday, January 7, over 2 million more than in the first four days of the lockdown in March, when the figure was 2.
. Passenger numbers on the Tube dropped quite abruptly when lockdown was announced in March, dropping from 1.13 million on Monday, March 23 to 720,000 on Tuesday, March 24.
Passengers rushed to get off the busy platform and onto the Tube
Journeys on the Tube did decrease across the recent four days of data this January, but by nowhere near as much. Monday, January 4 recorded the most of the four days with 1.28 million entries and exits (around 650,000 journeys). The least were recorded on Thursday, January 8, but this had only dropped to 1.19 million. By contrast with the first lockdown, it had dropped to 490,000 by Thursday, March 26. Read more analysis about the stats here. The video has provoked a range of reactions on Twitter, many keen to defend the passengers who may be carrying out essential work. "Main thing is huge numbers of construction workers on the east end of the line, loads of projects around Canning Town," one said. "It’s not uncommon. They’re going to work. Most people still have to do that otherwise they can’t survive," another added. While there are a number of legitimate reasons for Londoners to continue using the network, most are still urged to avoid any unnecessary travel as Covid-19 cases surge across the capital. The NHS faces the “most dangerous situation” in living memory, England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has warned, with record deaths and hospital admissions as a result of the disease. But of course, such NHS workers will still need to travel.
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