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London commute is going to be very different, transport operator says

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LONDON (Reuters) - London’s commute will be very different when people start to go back to work as demand on buses and the underground railway will be reduced by 85%, the city transport operator said.

“The national requirement to maintain 2m social distancing wherever possible means that TfL will only be able to carry around 13-15 per cent of the normal number of passengers on the Tube and bus networks even when 100% of services are operating once again over time,” Transport for London said.

“Challenge is far greater than the 2012 Olympic Games, with the need to reduce pre-COVID demand on buses and Tube by over 85 per cent,” it said.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge. Editing by Andrew MacAskill

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