- Transport for London is advising customers to only travel if essential on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July, due to the high temperatures forecast.
- The Met Office has issued its first ever red warning for high heat for parts of the UK, including London, with temperatures forecast to reach 40 degrees.
- TfL has a comprehensive hot weather plan in place to protect the transport network and keep services running and to keep staff and customer safe in event of severe temperatures. Due to the very high temperatures predicted, temporary speed restrictions will need to be introduced on parts of the Tube and Rail network on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July as a precaution, which will mean a reduced service and could mean journeys take longer than usual.
- TfL also has response teams standing by on its rail and road network to deal with any issues as they occur, with an enhanced focus on stalled trains and times, crowding and customer advice.
- Customers making essential journeys are advised to check before they travel, to carry water with them and not to board TfL services if they feel unwell. If customers do feel unwell, they should get off at the next stop and contact a member of staff or speak to the bus driver. Where possible, if journeys are essential, customers are advised to retime their journey and travel at quieter times.
- A number of Tube, rail and bus stations across the transport network have water points where customers can refill their water bottle when travelling, as part of the Mayor of London’s network of more than 100 water fountains around the city.
- Customers are also recommended to follow advice from the UK Health Security Agency and avoid strenuous physical activity and therefore advised to only use Santander Cycles for essential short journeys.
- Hot weather can affect the rails, overhead power lines and the ground which the track sits on. As a result, Network Rail may impose temporary speed restrictions to reduce the risk of damage to the railway and keep services running.
- Please check before you travel and allow more time for your journey on the affected days, as speed restrictions can cause train delays and cancellations. If you are travelling by train in hot weather please carry water with you, to avoid dehydration. Please don’t travel by train if you feel unwell. If you are travelling and begin to feel unwell please get off at the next stop where a member of staff will be able to assist you.
Source: Transport for London & National Rail