The new Tube announcements came into effect yesterday.
It’s been all change for London recently, and all change for the Tube too. On Wednesday night, the decision was taken to close some stations and reduce the number of trains as measures against the coronavirus outbreak, and now the network has brand new Tube announcements fit for these uncertain times.
LONDON: We must stop all non-essential use of public transport now.
Do not use public transport, unless you do a critical job.
Ignoring this advice means more lives lost. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/XeGEuCoWyV
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 21, 2020
Reminding the casual rider than we “should not be using public transport or travelling for anything other than essential journeys”, the new Tube announcements are a subtle but firm reminder that social distancing is both critical, and difficult to practice on the Underground. TfL services remain open for workers in key roles – NHS staff and supermarket employees amongst them – but for the rest of us, it’s a case of staying at home, or using the power of our own two feet to get around.
If you’re missing some happier Tube announcements, why not read the heartwarming tale about why ‘Mind The Gap’ sounds so different at Embankment station?
Also published on Medium.