Tubes are jam-packed with London commuters while roads are BUSIER than last year after 9am


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

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

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

Britain’s coronavirus R rate is finally BELOW one and is now at 0.9 as experts say ‘the end is in sight’ 

The R rate of the coronavirus in Britain is now 0.9 meaning the outbreak has started shrinking and the ‘end is in sight’ for the second wave, scientists on the Covid Symptom Study claimed today. 

Professor Tim Spector, the King’s College London epidemiologist who runs the project, today revealed his most up-to-date data shows that the R – the number of people infected by each individual case – is the lowest it has been since August and that rates of new disease are ‘falling slowly’ to below 36,000 new infections per day.

The study is based on health reports from more than a million users of the Covid Symptom Study app, made by health-tech company ZOE, and coronavirus test results logged by volunteers as well as official data.

Although unofficial, it has been consistently estimating infection rates and the R value across the UK since the start of the pandemic.

It is more optimistic than SAGE’s official R rate, which was last week said to be somewhere between 1.1 and 1.3. Even SAGE’s rate, however, has been creeping downwards, dropping from a possible 1.3 to 1.6 for the UK in October. 

The Covid Symptom Study now suggests that some 35,963 people are catching symptomatic Covid-19 each day in Britain, down from 44,000 per day at the end of October.

 

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. 

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.

They said the Conservative Party was engaged in ‘war on the motorist’ and said the Department for Transport’s roads policy during the pandemic as ‘indefensible’. 

Under the controversial policy, councils have used taxpayer cash to turn over vast sections of road to pedestrians and bikes. 

In some cases, roads have been closed altogether to create ‘low traffic neighbourhoods’ in busy residential areas.

Rather than improving local areas, critics say, the schemes have worsened gridlock and pollution, caused delays for 999 services and hurt businesses which rely on trade from passing traffic.  

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

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 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

 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astonishingly, some of the most chaotic schemes have been ripped out after as little as 48 hours.

The measures have so far cost £400,000 a day.  

Motoring groups have spent weeks campaigning against the measures, but the intervention by Tory MPs marks a significant turning point in the row. 

The MPs’ letter to Mr Shapps, written by Tory MP Craig Mackinlay, says: ‘The extra £250million being spent on these projects is simply a high-priced idealistic formula for even more congestion and the associated increased pollution that comes from resultant slower moving or stationery vehicles.

‘This policy is indefensible, with our constituents up in arms at seeing high streets desolated, small businesses ruined, and emergency services impeded. 

‘With only 4 per cent of road journeys by bicycle, the over-emphasis on cycling initiatives and their influence on policy is counterproductive, both economically and politically.

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