Jams return to the M25 as drivers complain about huge queues of rush hour traffic – but congestion stays level – while Burger King announces plans to open first drive-thru for customers
- One driver shared image of the M25 at a standstill despite coronavirus lockdown
- Pictures of the A40 showed vehicles close together this morning in the drizzle
- London Underground commuters crammed onto the platform close together
- Burger King are opening eight restaurants including one customer drive-thru
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Drivers are complaining about huge queues of rush hour traffic despite the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.
As the country gradually prepares to reduce restrictions, it seems many are already desperate to leap back to normality.
One driver posted a snap of the M25 as he sat in an enormous traffic jam and could not believe how busy it was.
The M25 was incredibly busy on Tuesday morning and one driver posted this image
Traffic data from TomTom showed the congestion level in comparison with the 2019 average
The A40 this morning showed a number of vehicles close together on the road
Britiain is continuing to edge out of coronavirus lockdown with more heading to work
He wrote: ‘Seriously M25!? The country is quite literally in lockdown but we are still at a standstill!’
Images of the A40 this morning also showed cars, vans and lorries driving close together, side by side in the drizzle, though congestion has stayed level compared to Monday.
The public have been told to only leave their homes when absolutely essential by the government but the A40 images suggests not everybody is sticking to the guidelines.
On the London Underground, the platforms were filled with commuters, some of whom were wearing protective clothing and others without.
Social distancing was nowhere to be seen as hundreds crammed into the tube and stood within close proximity of one another.
The traffic data from TomTom shows that the nation are heading back to work and on Monday the congestion level in London at 4pm was 34 per cent below average – significantly up on last week’s figures at the same time.
It comes after Home Secretary Priti Patel warned drivers to stay off the roads unless their journey is essential following traffic volumes rising last week to 41 per cent of normal compared to 38 per cent the previous week.
On the London Underground, platforms remain busy with social distancing an impossibility
Canning Town is one of the busier stations and commuters are still using public transport
Britain is continuing to edge out of lockdown with some businesses taking the first tentative steps back to reality.
Fast food giant Burger King have today announced that they are opening the first drive-thru for customers to use again.
Only last week a drive-thru offering delivery only was mobbed by furious customers trying to get served.
Drivers in Coventry beeped their horns at each other as they jostled for a position, with one Deliveroo driver giving up after waiting more than an hour to collect orders.
Burger King are also re-opening a further eight restaurants across England and Scotland from Wednesday. The drive-thru restaurant will open in Havant, between 12 – 11pm and will allow customers to place their orders via the Burger King Drive Thru, and for delivery through Just Eat or Deliveroo.
Following this week and as part of its phased re-opening plan, Burger King has also announced it plans to re-open one restaurant in every city by 31st May.
Burger King have announced that they are reopening a drive-thru restaurant on Wednesday
In addition to the eight restaurants opening from Wednesday they will open a further 12 over the following consecutive weeks.
The company insist that they will still be taking the correct precautions which include additional PPE such as masks and gloves for staff, stringent cleaning measures, contactless delivery options via Deliveroo and Just Eat and all Burger King staff being trained on social distancing measures – including how to run kitchens hygienically, whilst abiding by them.
As a way of saying thank you to NHS workers, Burger King UK has also announced it will continue to donate meals to staff working at hospitals local to the re-opened restaurants.
Although the delivery and Drive Thru service will mean customers won’t be able to access the full Burger King menu, Burger King favourites such as the Chicken Royale, Bacon Double Cheeseburger and Whopper will all be available to order.