Tubes packed with London commuters while roads BUSIER than last year

The crush hour: Tubes are jam-packed with London commuters while roads are BUSIER than last year after 9am as morning rush lasts longer

  • Travellers were seen squashed together in packed tube carriages in defiance of social-distancing guidelines
  • Traffic data from TomTom showed that roads in London were busier this morning than last year’s average 
  • Data showed congestion was at 56 per cent in the capital at 9am this morning, up eight per cent on last year 

London Underground trains were packed with commuters this morning as they made their way to work during England’s second week of its month-long lockdown 

The passengers were seen squashed together in packed tube carriages in defiance of social-distancing guidelines. 

There were also busy scenes on escalators down to train platforms  – with nearly all commuters pictured wearing masks. 

And traffic data from TomTom showed that roads in London were busier after 9am both today and yesterday than average congestion figures from last year, before the coronavirus pandemic struck.   

London Underground trains were packed with commuters this morning as they made their way to work amid England’s second lockdown

The travellers were seen squashed together in packed tube carriages in defiance of social-distancing guidelines

And traffic data from TomTom showed that roads in London were busier after 9am both today and yesterday than average congestion figures from last year – before the coronavirus pandemic struck

The data showed that congestion was at 56 per cent in the capital at 9am this morning, up eight per cent on last year’s average of 48 per cent for that time.

The increase followed a similar rise yesterday, when traffic in London rose by some 5 per cent to 53 per cent, compared to the 48 per cent average in 2019.  

Elsewhere around the country, congestion in Liverpool this morning stood at 37 per cent, a five per cent increase on the 2019 average of 32 per cent. 

In Newcastle and Sunderland, congestion was one per cent higher than last year’s average of 28 per cent, although this morning’s figure was one per cent lower than 2019.

In Leeds and Bradford, this morning’s figure of 28 per cent was one per cent lower than last year’s average, while yesterday’s figure was two per cent down on 2019.

The new figures come after data showed how, on November 6 – the day after England went into a four-week lockdown – traffic in London rose by some five per cent in rush hour. This increased to 13 per cent on Monday morning.   

Elsewhere around the country, congestion in Liverpool this morning stood at 37 per cent, a five per cent increase on the 2019 average of 32 per cent

In Leeds and Bradford, this morning’s figure of 28 per cent was one per cent lower than last year’s average, while yesterday’s figure was two per cent down on 2019

 In Newcastle and Sunderland, congestion was one per cent higher than last year’s average of 28 per cent, although this morning’s figure was one per cent lower than 2019

London Underground trains were busy despite the Government urging people to work from home if they can

Data showed that congestion on the roads was at 56 per cent in the capital at 9am this morning, up eight per cent on last year’s average of 48 per cent for that time. Pictured: A queue to the Blackwall Tunnel in London yesterday

Despite the packed scenes, TfL said travel on the London Underground was at 23 per cent of normal demand, with bus travel at 49 per cent on Monday

Commuters on the Jubilee Line were his morning having to stand close together despite the advice to stay two metres apart to mitigate the threat posed by coronavirus

One commuter on the Jubilee line was pictured wearing his mask incorrectly by not pulling it up over his mouth and nose 

And congestion in London reached a staggering 104 per cent last Wednesday evening (November 4) – when thousands fled ahead of the imminent lockdown restrictions which came in on November 5. 

TfL said travel on the London Underground was at 23 per cent of normal demand, with bus travel at 49 per cent on Monday.

Heightened congestion levels in London come amid the creation of taxpayer-funded cycle lanes which have created gridlock in recent months.

Last month, research conducted by MailOnline in London, where Transport for London is leading its own £33million scheme, showed that on Park Lane, in Mayfair, only 21 cyclists used the cycle lane as 400 cars battled past.

And in a letter seen by the Daily Mail,  14 Conservative backbenchers warned that the disastrous anti-traffic measures were worsening gridlock and pollution and causing what they described as ‘palpable danger’ across the country.

At Canada Water station, commuters were packed together on the platform as they waited for a southbound Overground train

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