Chaos at London stations as people cram on trains to beat Tier 4 lockdown rules

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Chaotic scenes saw hundreds of people cram onto trains heading out of London before the Tier 4 lockdown hits.

Millions of people will face stricter restrictions after Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled Christmas for London and the south east of England.

Residents living in Tier 4 must not leave their area and will be subject to a legal stay at home order, while they will not be able to form or join Christmas bubbles.

Many people looked like they were trying to flee the capital before midnight with photos and video footage from London's biggest train stations showing crowds of people with suitcases and an apparent lack of social distancing.

People faced packed carriages with travellers being told that social distancing "will not be possible" due to the volume of people on board, and those that felt "uncomfortable" should not stay on the train.

One woman at St Pancras tweeted: "As expected, train is crammed. Announcement on tannoy says social distancing 'will not be possible' due to volume and to get off if you are not comfortable with that.

"Everyone of course has suitcases. People have tried to secure social distancing by placing on seats but being asked to remove them by other passengers as the train is so full.

"To make matters worse, we've been told this train will be taken out of service at Derby. We will all get off and board a new train, no doubt mixing the virus amongst ourselves as we reorganise with new seat partners."

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Another tweeted: "England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said people considering leaving Tier 4 areas now should unpack their bag and stay at home."

"Tier 4 Londoners in St Pancras right now."

Another posted a similar video of hordes of people on their way out of London. They said: "This is London St Pancras station right now. This was utterly predictable."

It was the same story at King's Cross and Euston, two of the biggest stations in London.

Most of London and the south east of England will be placed into a Tier 4 lockdown at midnight tonight.

It means they are not allowed to form Christmas coronavirus bubbles while they are also banned from travelling outside of their area.

People could risk arrest if they break the rules but Mr Johnson said the "bulk of the population" will continue to do the right thing.

  • Boris Johnson
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