Alarming footage shows huge crowds piling onto trains at jammed London Tube station
Commuters board the Tube at Canning Town earlier in the week (Image: PA)
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Horrifying footage shows massive crowds of commuters piling onto a London Tube at rush hour despite the ongoing Covid lockdown.
The clips show masses of people boarding trains during peak-hour at Canning Town, East London.
People are being urged to work from home where possible in the third coronavirus lockdown.
However worker and rail unions have warned many people – including transport workers themselves – still have no choice but to risk their safety and travel into their jobs.
BBC transport correspondent Tom Edwards tweeted what appeared to be CCTV footage from the busy Underground station this morning, in a post that sparked worry about the crowd numbers.
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He wrote: "Tube drivers getting increasingly concerned at number of travellers. This footage sent to me was Canning Town first thing."
The scenes came as rail bosses on Thursday confirmed cuts to routes and capacity across networks in light of the latest lockdown.
The government also faced pressure this week from industry watchdogs to crack down on employers forcing workers to continue commuting into workplaces unnecessarily.
Commuters get on the Jubilee Line at Canning Town station during Tuesday's morning rush
The government faced demands to stop businesses like real estate firms from continuing to operate offices during the shutdown.
It came as the latest data showed use of London's public transport networks appeared heavier than in the first lockdown.
According to My London, 4.9 million entries and exits were made on the Tube from Monday January 4 to Thursday January 7.
Commuters board the Tube at Canning Town on Tuesday
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That was more than 2m more than in the first four days of the initial lockdown in March, when the figure was 2.89m.
The RMT union was earlier this week demanding action by Transport for London (TfL) as it confirmed 50 bus, tube, and head office workers had died with Covid-19 in the pandemic.
The union urged more protections for transport workers amid the surge in London’s infection rates, as a new mutant strain of coronavirus rips through the capital.
TfL said in response it has enhanced its cleaning regime, as it urged Londoners to avoid using public transport if they don't need to.
Schools around the country also noted in recent days that expanding interpretations of 'key workers' have increased the number of pupils being sent into classrooms – despite the fresh lockdown.
Canning Town station commuter traffic during May last year as the first lockdown began easing
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Boris Johnson stepped up the 'Stay Home, Save Lives' campaign in recent weeks, as the UK's Covid-19 daily death tolls and new cases hit new records.
But London Mayor Sadiq Khan has insisted the restrictions this time around are not strong enough.
He declared a major incident in the capital just last week, as hospitals came under immense pressure from coronavirus admissions.
The national daily new infection caseload dipped below 50,000 again for a third day on Wednesday.
Despite that, the government's medical advisers have warned there could yet be a lag in deaths linked back to households mixing during the Christmas period.
Professor Chris Whitty undertook a rare round of media appearances earlier this week to underline the gravity of the situation.
The chief medical officer for England told the BBC the country was at the "most dangerous" period of the pandemic yet.
The Mirror has approached TfL for comment.