South Western Railway has announced changes to its timetable as Britain continues to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown.
The train operator will re-introduce some services from Monday 7th September. Frequency on some routes will also be increased along with increasing capacity during peak travel times to help social distancing.
On weekdays, additional trains will be introduced on the West of England line, which will include a direct train from London Waterloo and Exeter.
Direct trains between London Waterloo and Weymouth will be re-introduced, with one train an hour running – these will replace the shuttle service currently in operation between Bournemouth and London Waterloo, and between Bournemouth and Weymouth.
Additionally, during the morning peak, additional trains will operate on some routes, with trains running with extra carriages.
Train services will also return to near-normal level on weekends; however, some alternations may apply, and engineering work may affect some journeys.
This announcement by South Western Railway will bring the operator’s capacity up by around 20%.
Mike Houghton, Chief Operating Officer, at South Western Railway, said, “We’ve been working hard to keep our region moving throughout coronavirus, and we continue to do so.
“This timetable change will increase capacity and help maintain social distancing as schools reopen, and more people return to work.
“So everyone can travel safe, we need our customers to help. Whether you’re returning to work, sending the kids to school, or having a day out with the family, make sure you follow the latest travel guidance.”
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