Railway companies will add more than 2,500 daily services to schedules starting next week as lockdown restrictions become easier
- The change will take effect on Sunday, prior to the easing of the lockdown
- According to the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), this is the largest increase in capacity this year
- It comes as restrictions on Mondays, seeing indoor venues reopening, pubs and restaurants serving customers inside and family and friends who can cuddle
In the run-up to the next relaxation of the lockdown rules, more than 2,500 daily services are expected to be added to the train services.
Demand for services is expected to increase from Monday, when coronavirus restrictions are further relaxed, resulting in the first of two major schedule shakes.
The amendment will come into effect on Sunday and according to the industry association the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), this is the largest capacity increase this year.
Demand for services is expected to increase from Monday as coronavirus restrictions are further relaxed, resulting in the first of two major schedule shakes
Great Western Railway also announced earlier this week that it will operate 99 percent of its timetable starting Monday, after more than a week of disruption from cracks in trains.
Social distance rules will be further relaxed on Mondays, allowing people in England to meet outdoors in groups of 30, indoors in groups of six, or as two households.
Pubs and restaurants will be able to serve customers indoors, and venues such as cinemas, museums and theaters will reopen for business.
Friends and family can also cuddle ‘gently’.
Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations and Regions at RDG, said that while services are on the rise, passengers should be aware that social distance is not always possible.
“As many people are preparing to take their first trip since the start of the pandemic, we are ensuring that they can travel with confidence by increasing space and keeping it clean,” he said.
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has said railway companies will focus on ensuring comfortable and reliable passenger train services before schedules are heavily shaken.
‘As part of our safer travel pledge, we’ve made travel more comfortable and reliable for people when they return and while we’re adding thousands of daily services to increase space, social distance may not always be possible.
“ That’s why we’re asking people to travel at quieter times where they can and to wear a face cover unless they’re exempt. ”
Railroad Minister Chris Heaton-Harris added: “As passengers return to the railways, more than 2,500 daily services will help meet demand and support people in safe travel.
‘Train companies will be focused on ensuring that services are comfortable and reliable, and providing detailed travel information will help passengers plan ahead, avoid busier trains and feel confident on their journey.’
As part of the journey to lifting lockdown, sources have said facial covering in shops, social distances and home working will all be dropped on June 21, and marriage lines could be lifted as well.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier this week that advice to work from home whenever possible should be dropped by that date – the so-called Freedom Day.
He added that the government will confirm the relaxation of wedding limits by the end of this month, so that people can hold larger ceremonies starting June 21.