TfL says move will help provide reliable service for key workers
South Wimbledon tube station is set to close from tomorrow (Friday) along with up to 40 London Underground stations that do not interchange with other lines.
TfL is aiming to provide a safe and reliable service for key workers who need to make essential journeys during the Coronavirus pandemic.
It has provided a list of 40 stations that it says “could” be closed, and South Wimbledon is on the list along with Tooting Bec and Clapham South. Nine of those 40 were already closed today (March 19)/
Anyone who needs to make essential journeys should check www.tfl.gov.uk for live travel updates before they travel.
London's Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown said: “The advice from Government is clear - people should now only be making journeys that are absolutely essential. We and our staff are doing everything we can to ensure that people who need to make essential journeys can continue to do so.
“To make sure we can do that there will be a number of changes to the services we provide, including suspending the Night Tube and Night Overground, suspending the Waterloo & City line and closing some stations to ensure we can staff key locations. Night bus services still continue to run so that people making critical journeys can get to where they need to at all times.
“Everyone should follow the advice of Public Health England to ensure they are doing everything they can to stay safe and limit the spread of the virus.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really, really have to. Londoners should be avoiding social interaction unless absolutely necessary, and that means they should be avoiding using the transport network unless absolutely necessary.
“London will get through these extraordinarily challenging times, and ensuring the capital's critical workers can move around the city will be crucial.
“Frontline staff across our health and care service - as well as those ensuring Londoners stay safe and can access food and other essentials - should be commended for their hard work. We owe it to them to do whatever we can to help them do their jobs effectively.
“I'm urging Londoners to only use public transport for essential journeys. Everyone should follow this and the other advice to help keep themselves and each other safe.”
Stations that could be closed today or tomorrow include the following. Customers are advised to check the TfL website for live updates before they travel:
Great Portland Street
St James's Park
St John's Wood
Hyde Park Corner
March 19, 2020