Individuals wait on the concourse at London’s Paddington Station (Image: PA)
Scenes of commuters speeding to depart London have been referred to as ‘totally predictable’ because the capital was instructed it might go into lockdown with simply eight hours discover.
Video footage on social media exhibits big queues at St Pancras station, as folks rushed to catch the practice to Leeds, doubtlessly becoming a member of relations and family members for Christmas, whereas they nonetheless might.
At 4pm this afternoon Boris Johnson held a Downing Road press convention, declaring harder tier 4 restrictions – broadly the identical as November’s lockdown – in London, and much of the South East and East of England from midnight tonight.
Plans permitting 5 day festive bubbles for 3 households have been scrapped in these hotspots and have been stripped again to only Christmas Day in tiers one, two and three. Individuals have additionally been suggested to keep away from journey and to remain as native as potential.
When requested by the media what he would say to somebody who has their luggage packed to see household and family members for Christmas, England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty mentioned: ‘In the event you’ve packed your bag for Christmas, unpack it.’
However with the Prime Minister sticking to his weapons and defending his Christmas bubble plans between late November and this afternoon, many individuals can have already made up their minds whatever the Downing Road’s final minute change of coronary heart.
Commuters queue up at Euston Station in a final minute rush out of the capital (Image: PA)
London will enter tier 4 tomorrow, having been given simply eight hours discover (Image: PA)
As commuters scrambled to get to different cities and cities throughout the nation, making social distancing inconceivable, folks took to social media to voice their considerations.
Blogger and College of Glasgow regulation pupil Ben McKinlay tweeted: ‘What an totally predictable catastrophe.’
Sharing a video from the scene, journalist Harriet Clugston mentioned: ‘Final practice out of Saigon. Queue at St Pancras as we wait to board the Leeds sure practice.
‘Everybody in fact has suitcases. Individuals have tried to safe social distancing by putting on seats however being requested to take away them by different passengers because the practice is so full.
Individuals wait on the concourse at Paddington Station (Image: PA)
Individuals have been suggested to not journey in or out of tier 4 areas (Image: PA)
‘To make issues worse, we’ve been instructed this practice can be taken out of service at Derby.
‘We’ll all get off and board a brand new practice, little question mixing the virus amongst ourselves as we reorganise with new seat companions. Most injury assured.’
One other lady, who didn’t want to be named, mentioned she and her associate had made the ‘cut up determination’ to take their younger son to her mother and father’ residence on the coast.
She mentioned: ‘We simply made the choice to depart based mostly on the truth that my mother and father mentioned come, and we couldn’t bear the considered no recent air and a toddler going rogue spherical a small flat for the foreseeable.
‘We additionally actually simply felt we needed to get the child someplace a bit safer with a backyard, although we all know lots of people gained’t have that luxurious.
‘The grandparents are simply desperately completely happy they’ll see their grandson.
‘We clearly fear about taking one thing right down to them, however they appear completely happy to take the chance.’
Izzy, 22, from Bristol, mentioned that she needed ‘the safety of being residence for Christmas’ and that her mother and father had come to gather her earlier than the restrictions got here into impact.
She added: ‘I’ve a slight nervousness that they could block the roads or one thing stopping me going residence.
‘I’m shifting out of my flat so I would like my dad to return and get me and he feels extra snug doing it earlier than Tier 4 kicks in.’
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