TfL Covid absences surge previous final yr’s whole and will find yourself being double

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ransport for London (TfL) has already suffered extra workers Covid absences this yr than the entire of 2021, new figures have revealed.

A Freedom of Info request by the Normal, has discovered there have been 4,716 TfL absences throughout prepare operators and different workers members as much as the top of July – these figures don’t embody bus drivers.

For 2021, the numbers, which relate to incidents of workers testing optimistic for Covid somewhat than days missed, present a complete of 4,512.

From Might to the top of final month, a complete of 1,634 absences had been recorded by TfL with 871 reported in July.

A peak of 1,035 absences had been reported in January this yr, which included 836 prepare operators.

Final December alone, nevertheless, the rise within the Omicron variant triggered 1,563 prepare operator absences, 2,132 total.

If absences proceed on the common fee this yr (673 monthly), 2022 could finish with 8,084 reported incidents throughout the whole yr, nearly double that of 2021.

These figures come as TfL’s long-term future stays unsure. Earlier this month, the Authorities provided a reported 20-month £3.6billion funding deal which TfL has but to simply accept.

London’s transport community will likely be shutdown on Friday as 10,000 members of the RMT union engaged on the Tube, in addition to 400 Overground workers working at Arriva Rail London, will strike for twenty-four hours in separate disputes over jobs and pay.

The commercial motion falls between two 24-hour walkouts by RMT members at Community Rail and 14 prepare operators on Thursday and Saturday.

TfL has been approached for remark.


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