UK coronavirus live: thousands expected to return to work as train capacity increases

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Rail services ramped up in England after changes to lockdown guidance last week

As passenger numbers coming into the capital are expected to rise today with extra trains put on, two travellers were this morning on their way out of London at King’s Cross.

Good morning, folks. It’s Simon Murphy here kicking off the UK live blog today. Extra trains are expected to take thousands more people back to work under Downing Street’s plan to accelerate economic activity as lockdown restrictions designed to halt the spread of Covid-19 are eased.

But Kings Cross Station, one of the capital’s busiest transport hubs, was almost deserted this morning – despite more trains running as part of the effort. Regular announcements urged people to stick to social distancing measures, while the concourse was dotted with stickers reading “Protect your NHS, stay 2m apart”, while regular announcements urged people to stick to social distancing measures.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden tells Sky News the government are aiming for the English Premier League “to finish the season, behind closed doors from about mid-June onwards”.#KayBurley

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