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London Tube Loses Almost One Fifth of Riders in One Week

Commuters on a London Underground train at Bank station in London, on Nov. 30.

Commuters on a London Underground train at Bank station in London, on Nov. 30.

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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The number of people using London’s subway fell by almost a fifth after the government advised people to work from home because of the rapid spread of the omicron variant of Covid-19. 

Figures for the Monday-morning rush hour up until 10 a.m. showed that the number of entries and exits on the Tube, as the city’s underground rail system is known, dropped 18% from the previous week. Travel by bus, which tends to include more schoolchildren, was down only 6% as schools stayed open, according to Transport for London.