Rail (UK)

Timeta­bles amended to re­flect COVID con­di­tions

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Op­er­a­tors in­clud­ing Chiltern Rail­ways, ScotRail and Tran­sPen­nine Ex­press are in­tro­duc­ing re­duced or amended timeta­bles this De­cem­ber.

TPE said it was cur­rently run­ning around 80% of its pre-COVID-19 ser­vices, and that it was adding ex­tra car­riages where pos­si­ble to sup­port so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

From De­cem­ber 14, there will still be an hourly TPE ser­vice from Manch­ester Air­port-Red­car, while Liver­pool Lime Street-New­cas­tle trains will ad­di­tion­ally call at Lea Green. An hourly shut­tle ser­vice between York and Scar­bor­ough will be in­tro­duced, re­duc­ing the gaps in the cur­rent ser­vice. This will mainly be formed of Mk 5As.

The Manch­ester Pic­cadilly-Cleethor­pes ser­vice will be en­hanced to run hourly, while the Manch­ester-Hull, Leeds-Hud­der­s­field and Hud­der­s­field-Manch­ester ser­vices con­tinue to run hourly. Ed­in­burgh Waver­ley-Manch­ester Air­port ser­vices will con­tinue to run two-hourly, with only oc­ca­sional ser­vices run­ning to Glas­gow Cen­tral.

Chiltern in­tro­duced an amended timetable from Novem­ber 16, re­mov­ing 31 trains across the whole week. It was planned that these mea­sures would last un­til the sched­uled end of the Eng­lish lock­down on De­cem­ber 2.

From Novem­ber 23, c2c ran a re­duced timetable in re­sponse to the ef­fect the pan­demic has had on avail­able op­er­a­tional staff, as well as the sig­nif­i­cant down­turn in pas­sen­ger num­bers.

The op­er­a­tor said that in Oc­to­ber, the num­ber of daily trav­ellers had risen to 42% of pre-COVID lev­els, but that has since fallen to 30%. c2c is now tar­get­ing ca­pac­ity and re­sources at the cur­rent busiest times, which are early morn­ing, late af­ter­noon, and school trains to Southend.

The fre­quency of off-peak and late-night ser­vices is be­ing re­duced, al­though these will run as eight-car trains in­stead of four to max­imise space for so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

North of the Border, ScotRail is fi­nal­is­ing plans to re­duce ser­vices to bet­ter re­flect de­mand. It said that on av­er­age 80% fewer peo­ple were trav­el­ling than be­fore the pan­demic.

Con­firm­ing that some ser­vices would be re­moved, SR said there were many fac­tors to con­sider, in­clud­ing the shift from tra­di­tional peak times as a re­sult of flex­i­ble work­ing hours and more peo­ple work­ing from home.

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