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Key workers voice fears about having to travel on busier trains

KEY workers voiced fears today about having to travel on busier trains after PM Boris Johnson “actively encouraged” those who cannot work from home to return to their jobs.

Doctor James Wilson, 29, who works at West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth, said he was “very nervous” about how his commute will change over the coming weeks.

“Based on what we have been seeing in London over the past few weeks about some people not following the rules, I am not sure they will follow the two-metre distancing rule when travelling,” he said. 

“We have only just got past the peak [of the virus] and I think we need to see a longer period of things being sustained at this level. 

“If we stop social distancing, we are going to see it back in three weeks.”

Peter Osu, 45, said he was returning to work at a construction site for the first time since the lockdown started. 

Speaking at Waterloo station, he said: “I am nervous about going back because I have a family, and they have been isolating since the start. I feel like I am now putting them at risk.

“People were sitting close together on the Jubilee Line and others were having to stand. There was no two-metre spacing. 

“This is the first day. Can you imagine what it’s going to look like by the end of the week?

“It is not right at all. I listened to the Prime Minister yesterday and I thought: ‘It does not make sense’.”


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