Transport for London (TfL) has set out latest guidance for customers in London, reiterating constraints on the network and advising on mask use.
Although more businesses and venues reopened on 4 July, TfL is urging people who need to travel to walk or cycle for all or part of their journey wherever possible and shop locally to relieve pressure on the public transport and road network. Those customers who do need to use public transport are asked to continue to avoid travelling during the peak times of 05:45-08:15 and 16:00-17:30 if they can, as there is more available capacity outside of those times. It’s also published a list of the busiest stations and bus areas to help people avoid hotspots and maintain social distancing.
Customers returning to using public transport are being advised that one-way systems and queuing arrangements will be in use wherever needed and hundreds of hand sanitising points have been installed across the TfL network for everyone to use.
Customers are also being reminded that they now must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth for their entire journey, including in stations and in taxi and private hire vehicles, unless they are exempt.
It’s also urged customers to understand that some people are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons that may not be immediately obvious – and introduced an exemption card that applicable customers can print off and carry with them or display on their phone, which they can show if they are asked why they aren’t wearing one.
TfL and the Mayor are also continuing work on the Streetspace for London programme – in partnership with London’s boroughs – to create extra space for active travel.
TfL also recently announced it would be expanding the Santander Cycles scheme to keep up with growing demand. It’s making 1,700 more Santander Cycle bikes available, bringing the total to more than 14,000 and backed by eight new docking stations.