Large areas of London are to be closed to cars and vans to force people to walk or cycle as the coronavirus lockdown on transport is extended indefinitely, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has announced.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced plans to transform central parts of the capital into one of the largest car free zones in the world.
Transport for London say these measures are necessary to enable safe social distancing on public transport as lockdown restriction are eased.
They said it will also help to encourage more people to cycle and walk – improving the city’s air quality.
The Mayor stresses public transport must only be used when absolutely necessary. He said everyone who can work from home must continue doing so for foreseeable future.
Londoners who cannot work from home and who can only get to work on rail are advised to now to walk or cycle from rail stations rather than using tube or bus. As part of Transport for London’s plan some streets will be converted to cycling and walking only – with others restricted to all vehicles apart from buses.