In its bid to breathe the capital back to life, Transport for London (TfL) has launched its largest campaign since the 2012 Olympics to rally confidence in commuters.
Tube and bus networks have been far quieter than they were 16 months ago, so TFL’s ‘Welcome back London’ campaign seeks to highlight what Londoners have missed over the pandemic.
Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged that, while it is now down to the individual to chose to wear a mask outside of the TfL, commuters should behave ‘responsibly’.
“Today’s full re-opening of the capital’s culture, hospitality and night-time economy venues is an important step, but I urge all Londoners and visitors to enjoy themselves carefully and responsibly,” Khan told reporters while visiting Bond Street station and the John Lewis store on Oxford Street today.
“This includes continuing to follow the rules and wear a face covering for the duration of their journey on TfL services. By keeping face masks mandatory it will provide an extra layer of protection and reassurance.”
Andy Byford, TfL’s commissioner, said he was grateful to the “overwhelming majority” that wear face coverings on the capital’s public transport.
“As more people return to public transport following step four of the Government’s plan, this will continue to help build confidence and enable people to get back to the many wonderful things about London that we have all missed during the pandemic.”