Construction sites across the capital have stopped work on Wednesday to ease the pressure across London’s Tube network which is still overcrowded on various lines.
London’s largest building sites, Battersea Power Station have announced a 48-hour shutdown to determine how they can still operate whilst promoting social distancing from Friday.
But, Daniel Tweedie, a children’s ENT surgeon, sarcastically tweeted, “Great to see your site at Battersea Power station is running at pace in the middle of the covid pandemic.
“I was able to marvel at it on my way to and from work at St Thomas’ Hospital today.”
With the exception of safety work, Galliard Homes closed all sites with immediate effect.
Executive chairman Stephen Conway said, “Our business was born in London and we are committed to the capital, but during these unprecedented times the safety of our construction staff, families and our London communities is paramount.”
House builder Persimmon said, “Construction sites are commencing an orderly shutdown with only essential work taking place which will be focused on making partly-built homes safe and secure and where failure to complete the build could put customers in a vulnerable position.”
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said, “I repeat my call on the government to ban non-safety construction work during this period.
“We also urgently need more financial support for the self-employed, freelancers and those in insecure work.”
The Mayor added, I’d like to thank all Londoners who have followed the rules today and stayed at home.
“However, we still need more Londoners to do the right thing and stay at home.”