COMMENT: National emergency


If it had not already struck home, the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic was laid out starkly on 18 March when Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, urged the public to stay at home, walk or cycle.

For the past 20 years, London mayors have championed public transport, but that message is on pause. Explaining Transport for London’s decision to scale back bus and train provision, he spoke words we surely never expected to hear from a civic leader in peacetime.

‘People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really, really have to.’

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