There is ‘zero prospect’ of restrictions on travel in and out of London over the Coronavirus pandemic, Downing Street has told the press on Thursday.
Rumours of London being put into lockdown spread on Wednesday evening after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to rule out any options to respond to the virus outbreak. However, the government has moved to dampen down the speculation.
The advice remains that members of the public should only travel if it is essential, however, the PM’s spokesperson said on Thursday;
“There are no plans to close down the transport network in London and there is zero prospect of any restrictions being placed on travelling in and out of London.”
A partial shutdown of the London Underground has already begun, but this is not expected to become a full shutdown. Up to 40 stations that do not interchange with other lines will be closed until further notice. From Friday, a reduced service will be in operation, with Night Tube services suspended and the Waterloo and City line to be shut down.
Further reductions in service frequency are expected next week.