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US News London Tubes and trains could start running 'scaled down' Saturday and Sunday services on weekdays from as early as this week amid coronavirus lockdown, warns Sadiq Khan - while thousands of commuters work from home

12:25  17 march  2020
12:25  17 march  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The Underground, Overground and Docklands Light Railway Service could see journeys reduced as thousands of commuters work from home.

The Mayor of London told Good Morning Britain that scaling down could begin as soon as this week and will also affect TfL Rail.

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The plans would see journeys on weekdays cut down to the numbers customers are used to having at the weekend. 

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Mr Khan told the show: 'What we may do over the course of next few days and weeks is go down to a Saturday Sunday service and maybe scale that down over the course of the next few days and weeks.’

He also revealed that despite requesting to attend the Government's Cobra meetings over the last few weeks to help the capital cope with the Covid-19 crisis, he was only finally invited yesterday.

'I've been asking to attend the Cobra meetings for weeks,' he said. 'For the first time yesterday morning we got call from downing street inviting us to Cobra.

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'We were told London is a few weeks ahead of rest of the country and way this virus is spreading is faster than government and ministers thought.' 

Other plans that could be rolled out to help London cope with the coronavirus pandemic include subsidising hotels to take in the homeless, he added. 

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‘I raised this point yesterday in reference to rough sleepers,' he said. ‘There’s no reason at all bearing in mind record vacancies hotels and motels have that they shouldn’t be used to help homeless.'

He demanded more clarity from the Government on whether pubs should shut or remain open.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan was photographed greeting Tube workers as London prepared to launch its all-night service . Customers will include nurses, security guards, tourists and even 'a middle-aged clubber like me coming home after a late night out with your missus', Mr Khan said.

Thousands of British workers now spend an average of 75 minutes each day commuting, a new study On average commuters spend more than five weeks a year just to get to work and back While men might spend longer getting to work than women, they have seen their commute fall by In London , fares for the bus and Tube are set to rise by an average of 4.2% from January 2, and even

The Government is currently advising the public to stay away from bars, pubs and restaurants.

But Mr Khan said that because the Prime Minister has not ordered the businesses to shut they are not able to claim lost earnings on insurance.  

'One of the biggest concerns is the lack of clarity,' Mr Khan said. 'We've had now bold action to add people's health we need bold action to help people's livelihoods.

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'What I'm being told is because it's not a ban they cant claim for insurance. Many of these businesses rely on cash flow to pay wages - even a week's closure means they can't pay wages.'

He added: 'My concern about the lack of support for businesses is that people may choose to work to keep food on table rather than self-isolate.'

Follow the government's latest travel advice for people travelling back to the UK from affected areas, including whether to self-isolate. Don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and call NHS 111. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS DIrect on 0845 46 47. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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