The Rail Industry is urging the public not to travel on trains this Bank Holiday and keep the trains free for essential workers.
Despite timetables increasing, the capacity on trains remains at 10% to allow passengers to follow social distancing guidelines.
Therefore, it is important for the public not to board trains if they don’t need to.
Instead, the public are advised to go for a walk or cycle in the countryside and leave the trains for key workers.
Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations and Regions for the Rail Delivery Group which represents train operators and Network Rail, said “Nine weeks on from lockdown, people might be itching to get out and enjoy the weather this weekend, but they shouldn’t travel by train unless it’s an essential journey. Maintaining social distancing means that the rail network still only has space for around 10% of the usual capacity, so we need people’s help to keep trains clear for those who really need them this bank holiday. It’s important that people continue to act as they have been, and stretch their legs with a walk or a cycle rather than taking the train to the beach or countryside. Where people need to use a train, they should wear a face covering.”
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