The rail industry in Northern England is calling on the public only to make essential train journeys this bank holiday weekend.
Many parts of the rail network are undergoing upgrade work courtesy of Network Rail. However, the Government advise is still to avoid train travel where possible.
Despite the advice, some passengers are still travelling by train for leisure journeys, with passengers spotted travelling to the coast for days out.
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern said: “The rail industry is working hard to provide the best possible service for key workers and those who need to make essential journeys – and we need everyone else to stay away from the railway to leave space for those who need to travel. Our trains have a significantly reduced capacity at the moment because of social distancing measures, so we really need people to listen to the advice and avoid travelling on the railway unless it’s absolutely necessary. Anyone who does need to travel should wear a face covering while on trains.”
Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience Director for TransPennine Express, said: “With the improving weather there will be a temptation for some people to use the railway to make non-essential trips this bank holiday weekend. However, the trains we are running are only for those who need to make essential journeys, as there is limited capacity on our services to help with social distancing, with a maximum of 20 seats per carriage. Please, can all those who intend to use the railway follow the government advice and only travel on our trains if they have no alternative way of travelling.”
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail, said: “This Bank Holiday weekend, we are carrying out a number of projects to improve the railway and better connect towns and cities across the north, which means there are significant changes to services. We strongly advise people to continue to follow the Government’s advice and avoid public transport where possible. If you must travel, please follow the guidance on social distancing and plan ahead via National Rail Enquiries or with your train operator.”
Please avoid travelling this Bank Holiday. Stay Alert, Control The Virus, Save Lives
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