Transport for London bosses have been forced to close the Waterloo and City line from Thursday, December 23, until early January due to staff shortages caused by the high number of Covid-19 cases in London.
Around 500 “non-office based” TfL staff are currently absent due to Covid and there are staffing problems across all Underground lines.
Drivers that normally operate the Waterloo and City line, which is effectively a shuttle between Waterloo and Bank stations, will be switched over to the Central line to keep it in operation over the festive period.
The announcement from Transport for London on Wednesday shows how much the Omicron variant of Covid is forcing Londoners to self-isolate, with more than 90 per cent of the cases in the capital believed to be due to the new strain of the virus.
A Transport for London spokesperson said about the closure of the line: “Like many businesses and organisations around the country, we are experiencing the effects of the pandemic with a number of staff ill due to Covid or self-isolating.
“Since the Government advised people to work from home, we have seen fewer customers commuting and the coming festive period will reduce ridership further.
“The Central line has remained busier than the Waterloo & City line, which is currently experiencing very low demand, so our Waterloo & City line drivers will be driving Central line trains to ensure we can continue to provide a good service.”
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