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TfL staff put on alert for travel chaos in case of no-deal Brexit

A leaked email warns of congestion on the roads could occur if a no-deal Brexit happens. Photo: PA

Key transport staff in London are being refused leave amid fears of fuel shortages and possible riots if Britain crashes out of the EU.

Managers and workers in Transport for London's high tech control room are being put on alert for three weeks from March 23rd.

The vital Network Management Control Centre oversees London's bus network and many of the capital's main roads.

TfL's control centre keeps track of London's roads. Credit: ITN

A leaked email seen by ITV News warns of 'risks associated with border disruptions, fuel and public disorder' if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.

Sources suggested a combination of panic buying at petrol stations, long delays at airports and street protests could cause serious congestion.

Around 150 control room staff have been told requests for leave between March 23rd and April 14th will be turned down.

The reason for this decision is after reviewing the TfL Brexit risk register, it is likely the greater impact of a No Deal Brexit scenario will be on Surface Transport due to risks associated with border disruptions, fuel and public disorder.

– TFL Email

A TfL spokesperson said:

Like many organisations across the UK, TfL has been working to assess and mitigate the potential impact of different Brexit scenarios on our operations. Building on our established contingency and operational plans, we have been working with Government, transport providers and the wider Greater London Authority family to prepare for a range of possible outcomes. This includes any potential disruption to fuel supplies or congestion at key transport hubs. These plans will be kept under review as part of our scenario planning to ensure that London’s transport network continues to operate effectively.

– Transport for London