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Transport for London running reduced service across the capital
19 March 2020, 00:09
Transport for London will run a reduced service in the capital designed to allow critical workers to make essential journeys.
From Friday there will be no Waterloo & City line, while the Night Tube will not run until further notice.
And from Thursday, up to 40 London Underground stations that do not interchange with other lines will be closed until further notice.
London buses will operate fewer services, but still run at night, and everyone will be urged not to use public transport for anything other than essential journeys.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really, really have to. 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.
"Frontline staff across our health and care service - as well as those ensuring Londoners stay safe and can access food and other essentials - should be commended for their hard work. We owe it to them to do whatever we can to help them do their jobs effectively.
"I'm urging Londoners to only use public transport for essential journeys. Everyone should follow this and the other advice to help keep themselves and each other safe."
It comes as the Prime Minister announced today that schools in the UK will be closed as the country deals with the unprecedented task of stemming the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier in the afternoon, the devolved governments in Scotland and Wales announced their schools would be closing due to coronavirus.
Sources from Stormont then revealed that schools would be closed in Northern Ireland to pupils immediately, and to the teachers by Friday.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said that all schools will be closed from Friday in a statement in the Commons.Children of "key workers" and the most vulnerable will be allowed to attend those schools.
Prime Minister Mr Johnson also confirmed schools would be closing, and said nurseries and creches will be expected to do the same.
However, he urged parents not to leave children in the care of grandparents or older relatives who are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with coronavirus.