TfL has urged passengers that need to travel during the lockdown to do so at certain times of the day to avoid overcrowding on platforms and at stations.
While the message through this lockdown and previous lockdowns has been to stay at home, there are still Londoners using TfL services to go to work (where this cannot be done from home), to shop, to seek medical assistance and to visit a support bubble, as well as for education.
These are all valid reasons for taking public transport, but TfL has recommended Londoners travel between 8.15am and 4pm and after 5.30pm on weekdays, as they are the quietest times of the day.
At the weekend, travelling before noon and after 6pm is advised.
On Thursday (January 14), an image of a busy platform at Canning Town station caused some concern on social media.
And while TfL said the crowding was caused by three cancelled Jubilee Line trains, it nevertheless urged people to follow social distancing as much as possible.
Nick Dent, London Underground’s Director of Line Operations, said: “Three Jubilee trains serving Canning Town were unfortunately cancelled at short notice this morning due to staff absence, causing higher numbers of people to be waiting on platforms for a short amount of time.
“This morning’s video is not representative of the rest of the Tube network nor of this station for the rest of the day.
“We are doing everything we can to help ensure those who need to travel for legally permitted reasons are able to do so in a safe way and maintain social distancing. We are running a near normal service, and urging passengers to travel between 8.15am and 4pm and after 5.30pm on weekdays, which are significantly quieter times on the network.
“TfL has also been working closely with the construction industry and large employers in the area to encourage staggering shifts and operating hours to ease demand, and advice has been sent to the TfL supply chain and construction companies through Build UK.”
Another way to avoid using public transport is to walk or cycle.