For the last few months, people were traveling from trains for essential purposes only. But now the government has announced that railways can operate with full service.
The prime minister said, “From today we are making clear that anybody may use public transport. While of course encouraging people to consider alternative means of transport where they are available.”
As the schools are closed for the summer holidays it is expected that the demand for travel is going to increase. However, about twelve million people in the UK have no access to a car.
The company that runs the busiest stations in Britain, Network Rail is arranging more staff than it currently has to help the customers as it did during the 2012 London Olympics.
Its chief executive, Andrew Haines, said, “I would like to thank passengers for following government advice over the last few months.”
“Now, as lockdown continues to ease and the nation turns towards recovering from this pandemic. I look forward to welcoming more people back to the railway.”
“We have significantly stepped up cleaning regimes. And made sure there is more staff on hand to help with information so you can travel safely.”
Taking Safety measures
However, for safety purposes, travelers will have to wear face masks all the time at the station and on trains. Moreover, they are telling passengers to travel at quieter times.
The railway company is reducing capacity on its trains to keep distance among the passengers.
Moreover, passengers are to book their long-distance seats in advance and must sit in the assigned location.
LNER, which runs trains on the east coast main line from London King’s Cross to Yorkshire, northeast England, and Scotland, says, “It is essential that you sit in your reserved seat.”
“Seats are automatically allocated to be safe and socially distanced.”
Moreover, it is not offering alcohol services in its trains.
Whereas, its rival Grand Central, will restart its operation from London to West Yorkshire and Wearside next Sunday, 26 July.
Avanti West Coast, which serves the West Midlands, northwest England and Glasgow from London Euston, tells passengers, “If you don’t have a reservation for your preferred train, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to board.”
“Currently, our busiest times are between 9.30am and 1:00pm, and 4:00pm and 6:00pm.”
Railways Urging For Essential Travel Only
Posters at London Waterloo, the busiest station in Britain. And the headquarters of Network Rail, read, “Can you travel another way? Help us keep trains clear for those who really need them.”
However, most of the railway stations in Britain are urging people to travel by train only if it is really necessary.
Mark Smith, the former British Rail manager said, “The rail industry needs a positive and consistent message.”
“I doubt there is any need to worry about crowding as so many people will still be cautious about traveling around if they don’t have to, whether or not it is permitted.”
“European train services seem to be getting back to normal and encouraging passengers to return.”