Published: Mon, March 23, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

South Western Railway limits services to avoid non-essential travel

South Western Railway limits services to avoid non-essential travel

"We are monitoring demand closely and should it become necessary in the weeks ahead, we will adjust services and timetables to ensure they're being delivered to best effect where they're needed most, in accordance with our plan".

Some alterations to services will continue in the meantime due to last minute cancellations from staff being unavailable, before the amended timetable is introduced on Monday.

Services between London Paddington and Plymouth will continue to operate every hour, and customers will be able to connect for services to/from Cornwall.

He said that a total of 15 freight trains were operational and it would not be closed in the coming days to transport goods across the country.

On Sunday 29 March, a normal Sunday service will operate, although routes 13X, 77, 78 and 79 will not run. He added the decisions were taken as a temporary measure to monitor unnecessary crowding at railway stations. All trains are fully cleaned on arrival at a depot overnight and surfaces wiped down. The national transporter had cancelled around 99 trains on Wednesday night. It has advised people to avoid non-essential travel, even as major stations continued to show large footfall and perennially popular long-distance trains continued with long waiting lists Tuesday.

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"You should also follow public health advice: if you need to cough or sneeze please "catch it, bin it, kill it".

Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Scotland's Railway, said: "We are facing an unprecedented challenge on Scotland's Railway and revising the timetable will help to provide a critical service for the key workers across the country".

Scotrail services will be gradually reduced from next week as demand drops away during the coronavirus outbreak.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Arjun Ram Meghwal, on Thursday, informed the parliament that no cancellation fees will be charged on cancellation of tickets for 155 trains by the Railways, and that passengers would get a full refund.

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