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Train operators introduce temporary timetables amid Coronavirus outbreak

Train operators are running a reduced service on many routes from Monday, 23 March amid the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.

The demand for rail services has fallen recently as the government has advised against all but essential travel, and some rail operators also have reduced staffing levels due to self-isolation measures.

In a joint rail industry open letter published in The Sun on Sunday, The Sunday Times and The Observer today, rail operators pledged to keep the country connected during the difficult times of the Coronavirus pandemic. In the open letter, it was noted,

"The reduced timetable will have around half the number of trains running compared to a normal weekday, with early morning and late evening services where possible to support those doing shift work. "

Members of the public are also urged to only travel if essential and to stay at home if they or anyone in their home has symptoms of the virus.

From Monday, most operators will be running services at a lower frequency, while some routes may include different stations to normal. Passengers are advised to check for the latest updates before they attempt to travel.



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