UK lockdown: Tubes, trains and roads are rammed on first day of new shutdown

What lockdown? Tubes, trains and roads are rammed on first day of four-week national shutdown - as London is clogged with 255 miles of rush-hour traffic jams

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

Published: 08:04 GMT, 5 November 2020 | Updated: 08:04 GMT, 5 November 2020

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Rush-hour traffic remained high across England today as the new national lockdown began, just hours after extraordinary gridlock last night as motorists headed for last-minute shopping and leisure trips.

Congestion in London was at 38 per cent between 7am and 8am this morning, with data from satnav provider TomTom, which revealed there were 536 jams across 255 miles of road in the capital.

The congestion level today was significantly up from the 27 per cent observed this time last week, although much of that will have been thanks to the lack of a school run due to the half-term holidays.

But traffic was down from levels at the same time earlier this week of 43 per cent on Monday, 52 per cent on Tuesday and 47 per cent on Wednesday - and down from a 52 per

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