Published: 12 May 2020
As Lockdown eases, Great Western Railway states that advice to its customers remains to avoid travelling by train wherever possible. With people who absolutely need to go to work encouraged to travel by car, cycle or to walk where they can. Social distancing will mean that trains can carry a fraction of the usual number of passengers and people are being urged only to go by train if it cannot be avoided.
The Department for Transport and with stakeholders are ready to start uplifting capacity and service levels. As of next Monday (18 May) there will be an amended train timetable in place. This is now shown in online journey planners. There will be further staged increases responding to the easement of lockdown as things go forward.
Customers will still need to check the timetable weekly for a bit longer as GWR continue to accommodate infrastructure improvement work and may also add further services in the light of changes to government guidance for our customers.