40 London Underground stations may close to reduce the effect of coronavirus

Abigail Malbon
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From Cosmopolitan

  • Transport for London has announced that it will be closing up to 40 tube stations in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
  • There will be a partial shutdown of the underground service, and no night tube.

The London Underground network will be running a reduced service as the government works to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the capital.

From Thursday morning, TfL will reduce the amount of tubes and buses running, with up to 40 stations that do not interchange with other lines expected to close. On Friday, the Waterloo and City line will shut completely and from Monday TfL said it would gradually reduce other parts of its network including London Overground, TfL Rail, the DLR and the Tram network in south London.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has urged people to stay at home wherever possible, saying: "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.

"We owe it to them to do whatever we can to help them do their jobs effectively."

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Those facing closure include:

Bakerloo Line: Lambeth North, Regents Park, Warwick Avenue, Kilburn Park, Charing Cross

Central Line: Holland Park, Queensway, Lancaster Gate, Chancery Lane, Redbridge

Circle Line: Bayswater, Great Portland Street, Barbican

District Line: Bow Road, Stepney Green, Mansion House, Temple, St James's Park, Gloucester Road

Jubilee Line: Swiss Cottage, St John's Wood, Bermondsey, Southwark

Northern Line: Tuffnell Park, Chalk Farm, Mornington Crescent, Goodge Street, Borough, Clapham South, Tooting Bec, South Wimbledon, Hampstead

Piccadilly Line: Caledonian Road, Arsenal, Covent Garden, Hyde Park Corner, Bounds Green, Manor House

Victoria Line: Pimlico, Blackhorse Road

London is ahead of the coronavirus curve in the UK, with around a third of the deaths nationwide in the capital.

Earlier this week Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the virus is spreading faster in London, and urged people to work from home and to avoid busy social places.

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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