People who need to travel by train during lockdown are being urged to check journey planners as timetables are slashed.
Services are being cut from around 87% of normal levels to 72% due to the latest COVID-19 lockdown in England.
- Hancock brands those who packed trains out of London ‘irresponsible’
- COVID-19 tests on trains find no evidence of virus
- COVID-19 heroes to be honoured with their names on GWR trains
Industry body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said this reflects the lower number of people travelling and provides better value for money for taxpayers, who are subsiding franchised train operators to keep trains running.
Morning and evening peak services are being prioritised to support key workers.
Some timetables have already been amended, while others will be changed over the coming weeks.
The RDG said alterations are being made in a way that will allow services to be restored “as quickly as possible when restrictions are eased”.
Leisure travel is currently prohibited, with people only allowed to leave home for limited reasons.
RDG director of nations and regions Robert Nisbet said: “Changing to a reduced timetable during this period of much lower demand will deliver certainty for those people who need to travel while saving taxpayers’ money.
“We ask people to check before they travel in the weeks ahead and we thank our frontline rail staff whose hard work is keeping other key workers moving.”
Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “It is critical that our railways continue to deliver reliable services for key workers and people who cannot reasonably work from home, and that they respond quickly to changes in demand.
“The new reduced timetable delivers that, as well as reducing the financial burden on the taxpayer.
“Levels of services will vary by operator and changes will come into effect steadily over the next few weeks.
“Passengers who are using the railways, including those who need to travel to vaccination centres, should check their route before they travel, and aim to do so outside of peak times wherever possible.”
Railway ReadsFrom the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.
Get The Railway Hub Weekly Round-upEnter your e-mail address below and you will receive weekly rail news straight into your inbox...
You can unsubscribe at any time.
About the Author
- UK railway news round-up - 5th August 2021
- Metrolink tram services reduced to manage COVID-related absences - 5th August 2021
- DB Cargo UK plans to lease Mossend EuroTerminal to Maritime Intermodal - 5th August 2021