News | Published March 22 2020

Reduced train timetables in response to coronavirus outbreak

From Monday train services across the country will be reduced in response to falling demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

In an agreement with the government, train providers have been permitted to reduce services in response to decreasing passenger numbers across the country.

Core services will still run to ensure key workers can get to work, and the flow of goods will continue.

The prime minister has asked that members of the public avoid any “non-essential” travel for the foreseeable future.

Services have already been cancelled across the country, in response to the outbreak, with members of staff being off sick or self-isolating.

Transport for London has announced plans to close 40 Underground stations until further notice, and bus services in the capital will also be reduced.

Bus services in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands will also be cut in response to the outbreak.

The department for transport have said that the reduced services will be reviewed, and operators will continue to inform passengers of any and all changes to timetables and services.

Services will be reduced over a long term, and there will be "a gradual move towards introducing reduced services on wide parts of the network" according to the department.

Those with medical appointments will still be permitted to travel, and vital goods will be shipped as required.

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary said that: "We are taking decisive action to protect the public which means reducing travel for the time being, whilst still ensuring key worker heroes can get to their jobs to keep this nation running.

"We continue to work closely with the industry to develop measures that protect operators in these challenging times."

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
March 22 2020

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