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Crowd control measures introduced at railway stations

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Crowd control measures introduced at railway stations

New measures have been introduced on trains and railway stations amid fears of crowds forming as more people return to work in England.

Rail operators are running more frequent services this week, after operating reduced services due to the COVID-19 since March.

Network Rail said it will introduce 3,000 more trains per day, but capacity will be constrained to 10 to 13% of normal levels. The increase will put them at similar levels to a Saturday timetable, but it is still some way off the usual weekday when 24,000 trains run.

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What are the new measures?

Rail operators have introduced one-way systems at stations, floor markings with social distancing reminders and security staff are being deployed for crowd control as more people are expected to use public transport.

Some rail operators are running a reservation only services, with Avanti West Coast passengers being told not to turn up at stations without an advance ticket and to wear face coverings when travelling on the West Coast Mainline. The operator also said it would not allow carriages to be more than a third full.

Seats on trains will be taped off to encourage social distancing on rail services, plus new cleaning measures are in place to make sure services are safe for use during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Government advice says that people should only use public transport if there is no other way to travel as part of efforts to reserve services for key workers who have no other means of getting to work.

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