Coronavirus UK: Roads are jam-packed with traffic while Tubes look even busier

Traffic levels in Britain continued to creep up today amid further signs people are starting to get back to work during the coronavirus lockdown.

Photographs taken during rush hour showed queues building up on London roads including the A40 at Perivale and the A102 at Greenwich, while the M5 in Bristol and the M6 in Walsall were also busy with cars, vans and lorries.

Meanwhile rail commuters continue to pile onto London Underground trains as travel bosses carry on running a reduced service only for key workers, with Canning Town and Canada Water stations both busy this morning. 

Mobility data from Apple based on requests for directions via its apps showed levels of people driving or walking are both gradually rising, although the use of public transport has remained roughly the same all month. 

It comes after Home Secretary Priti Patel warned drivers to stay off the roads unless their journey is essential after traffic volumes rose last week to 41 per cent of normal compared to 38 per cent the previous week. 

More to follow 

Traffic builds up on the A40 at Perivale in West London at 7.20am today despite the coronavirus lockdown continuing

Traffic builds up on the A40 at Perivale in West London at 7.20am today despite the coronavirus lockdown continuing

Traffic builds up on the A40 at Perivale in West London at 7.20am today despite the coronavirus lockdown continuing

Cars drive along the the A40 at Perivale in West London at 7.20am today as the UK-wide lockdown continues

Cars drive along the the A40 at Perivale in West London at 7.20am today as the UK-wide lockdown continues

Cars drive along the the A40 at Perivale in West London at 7.20am today as the UK-wide lockdown continues

Mobility data from Apple based on requests for directions via its apps showed levels of people driving (in red) or walking (in orange) are both gradually rising, although the use of public transport (in purple) has remained roughly the same all month

Mobility data from Apple based on requests for directions via its apps showed levels of people driving (in red) or walking (in orange) are both gradually rising, although the use of public transport (in purple) has remained roughly the same all month

Mobility data from Apple based on requests for directions via its apps showed levels of people driving (in red) or walking (in orange) are both gradually rising, although the use of public transport (in purple) has remained roughly the same all month

Traffic builds up on the A102 at Greenwich in South East London during rush hour this morning as the lockdown continues

Traffic builds up on the A102 at Greenwich in South East London during rush hour this morning as the lockdown continues

Traffic builds up on the A102 at Greenwich in South East London during rush hour this morning as the lockdown continues

Traffic builds up on the A102 in Greenwich in South East London today as the fight against coronavirus continues

Traffic builds up on the A102 in Greenwich in South East London today as the fight against coronavirus continues

Traffic builds up on the A102 in Greenwich in South East London today as the fight against coronavirus continues

Traffic near junction ten on the M6 at Walsall in the West Midlands this morning as drivers hit the mororway

Traffic near junction ten on the M6 at Walsall in the West Midlands this morning as drivers hit the mororway

Traffic near junction ten on the M6 at Walsall in the West Midlands this morning as drivers hit the mororway

Motorists drive along the M6 motorway at Walsall today as cars, vans and lorries hit the roads this morning

Motorists drive along the M6 motorway at Walsall today as cars, vans and lorries hit the roads this morning

Motorists drive along the M6 motorway at Walsall today as cars, vans and lorries hit the roads this morning

People make their morning commute along the M5 motorway in Bristol during rush hour today

People make their morning commute along the M5 motorway in Bristol during rush hour today

People make their morning commute along the M5 motorway in Bristol during rush hour today

Cars, vans and lorries travel along the M5 in Bristol this morning as they commute to work in the South West of England

Cars, vans and lorries travel along the M5 in Bristol this morning as they commute to work in the South West of England

Cars, vans and lorries travel along the M5 in Bristol this morning as they commute to work in the South West of England

Commuters wait to board a Jubilee line train at Canning Town station in East London this morning

Commuters wait to board a Jubilee line train at Canning Town station in East London this morning

Commuters wait to board a Jubilee line train at Canning Town station in East London this morning

Passengers leave and board a Jubilee train at Canada Water station on the Underground in South East London this morning

Passengers leave and board a Jubilee train at Canada Water station on the Underground in South East London this morning

Passengers leave and board a Jubilee train at Canada Water station on the Underground in South East London this morning

Passengers stand on board a Jubilee line train before it departs Canning Town station in East London this morning

Passengers stand on board a Jubilee line train before it departs Canning Town station in East London this morning

Passengers stand on board a Jubilee line train before it departs Canning Town station in East London this morning

Commuters walk down stairs at Canning Town station in East London today during the Monday morning commute

Commuters walk down stairs at Canning Town station in East London today during the Monday morning commute

Commuters walk down stairs at Canning Town station in East London today during the Monday morning commute

This Google traffic map shows how the roads around London are mostly clear (in green) during rush hour this morning at about 8.15am, although there are patches of congestion (in orange or red) in some southern and central parts of the capital

This Google traffic map shows how the roads around London are mostly clear (in green) during rush hour this morning at about 8.15am, although there are patches of congestion (in orange or red) in some southern and central parts of the capital

This Google traffic map shows how the roads around London are mostly clear (in green) during rush hour this morning at about 8.15am, although there are patches of congestion (in orange or red) in some southern and central parts of the capital

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