Journey chaos took maintain on Saturday night as individuals rushed to depart London earlier than the introduction of tier four restrictions.
Site visitors information confirmed jams rising inside London and its surrounds, and prepare costs had been surging with elevated demand.
Moreover, prepare tickets had been promoting out rapidly. By 7pm on Saturday night, there have been no trains accessible on-line from a number of London stations together with Paddington, Kings Cross and Euston.
Footage taken at London’s St Pancras station confirmed passengers streaming down the concourse to board trains heading north.
Travellers had been informed that social distancing “won’t be doable” because of the quantity of individuals on board, and those who felt “uncomfortable” mustn’t keep on the prepare.
Harriet Clugston, a passenger, mentioned that folks on board the trains had tried to safe area for themselves, however that there was not sufficient room to take action.
“As anticipated, prepare is crammed,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Announcement on tannoy says social distancing ‘won’t be doable’ as a result of quantity and to get off in case you are not comfy with that.
“Individuals have tried to safe social distance by putting [bags] on seats however being requested to take away them by different passengers because the prepare is so full.”
One lady, who didn’t want to be named, mentioned she and her accomplice had made the “cut up resolution” to take their younger son to her dad and mom’ dwelling on the coast.
“We simply made the choice to depart primarily based on the truth that my dad and mom mentioned come, and we could not bear the considered no contemporary air and a toddler going rogue spherical a small flat for the foreseeable,” she informed the Press Affiliation.
Anectdotal experiences recommended motorways leaving London had been full of drivers heading out to beat the brand new restrictions.
Some individuals had been driving to depart their newly-restrictive areas for an extended stretch of time, whereas others had been leaving to spend the previous couple of hours with out tier four anyplace.
Izzy, 22, from Bristol, mentioned that she needed “the security of being dwelling for Christmas” and that her dad and mom had come to gather her earlier than the restrictions got here into impact.
“I’ve a slight nervousness that they may block the roads or one thing stopping me going dwelling,” she informed Press Affiliation.
Boris Johnson introduced on Saturday that each one areas of east and southeast England – together with London – that had been in tier three would go into the newly outlined tier four from midnight.
Tier four successfully returns residents to the principles in place through the nationwide lockdown.
These in tiers 1, 2, and three are actually solely in a position to combine with different households for a Christmas celebration on 25 December as a substitute of the longer stretch initially deliberate by the federal government.
Further reporting by Press Affiliation