Stations are packed as thousands race to flee capital by rail and road before Tier 4 lockdown begins

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Published on 20 Dec 2020, 1:01
Thousands of Londoners have defied the Government and fled the capital after Boris Johnson cancelled Christmas for millions in the South East.

The city's stations were said to be like "war zones" as locals skipped town before the restrictions came into effect at midnight.

This came hours after Professor Chris Whitty begged people not to flee, warning: "If you have packed a bag, unpack it."

But, dramatic pictures have emerged tonight of long queues of traffic leaving the city along with packed train stations as people attempt to avoid the brutal new restrictions.

In St Pancras station hundreds of people have been filmed rushing towards the trains leaving the capital.

Similar frantic scenes were pictured at Paddington station and King's Cross.

Traffic on the A40 leaving London was jammed in the hours after Mr Johnson's bombshell announcement.

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