London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, has paid tribute to the 37 Transport for London (TfL) workers who have passed away after contracting the deadly COVID-19 virus.
In a public statement, Brown said: “We are all utterly devastated that colleagues working in the transport industry have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is an absolute tragedy and I can't imagine the pain and suffering that their families and friends are going through. Our thoughts and condolences are with them all, and we are doing everything we can to provide support.
“Transport workers have risen to the challenge of the coronavirus with great humanity, compassion and a real determination to do what is right for Londoners. They have been on the front line of the national effort to beat the pandemic.
“They are all heroes, enabling doctors, nurses, ambulance workers and many other people carrying out critical roles to get to work and save lives.
“The safety of our colleagues and those using our services is our absolute priority and, working with the Mayor, we will continue doing all that we can to protect our staff and those critical workers who still need to use our services for essential journeys.
“I am sad to say that as of Friday 1 May, 37 of our colleagues have passed away. The incredibly important role that they have played for this city will be remembered by all of us forever.”
TfL has confirmed that the staff who lost their lives include 28 bus workers, four London Underground and rail staff, one employee who worked in head office, and one who worked at a partner organisation.