Train companies are urging people to only travel by train if absolutely necessary, as they have seen an increase in people planning train journeys.
This warning follows a 25% increase in people planning journeys this week.
The railway is increasing train services from next week, and is also running longer trains to help with social distancing. However, there will still only be space for a tenth of the usual number of people on board.
The rail industry has the following advice for passengers:
- Plan ahead: Buy tickets online to avoid travelling at busy times. If travelling on long-distance trains, the advice is to make a seat reservation.
- Wear a face mask
- Maintain social distancing
Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations and Regions at the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said “To keep people safe, there will only be space on trains for as few as a tenth of the usual number of people despite train companies gradually increase services next week. We need people’s help to keep trains clear for those who really need them, so we are asking people to consider alternatives like cycling or walking and if that’s not possible, to travel at quieter times. We are doing everything possible to keep passengers and staff safe, including cleaning trains and stations several times a day, managing capacity and increasing signage to help people get around. For those who do need to take the train, we ask that they plan ahead, consider others and stay safe when they use public transport. That means buying tickets online for quieter times of day, maintaining social distancing wherever possible, wearing a face covering and keeping hands sanitised.”
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