Coronavirus: Northern Rail announces amended timetable

Coronavirus: Northern Rail announces amended timetable

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 11:20am 31st March 2020.

Northern Rail has announced a stripped-back timetable to keep key workers on the move.

  • The Government-owned train operator has reduced the number of services it's running.
  • Northern says it wants to keep key workers - such as NHS staff, teachers and emergency workers - on the move.
  • It's after Government advice not to travel unless it's an essential journey.

Train services in Harrogate have been scaled back with a focus on the district’s key workers – as passenger numbers continue to dwindle during the second week of lockdown.

Northern Rail – which is now under government control – has announced amended timetables designed to keep key workers on the move, with more services added in some areas to better help people get where they need to be.

Its services from Harrogate Train Station run on Leeds and York lines – and remain in place for key workers only.

The government advice to everyone else is stay at home – unless your journey is essential.

A spokesperson for Northern Rail said:

“Everyone at Northern is working to provide the best possible rail service during this difficult time, but it is simply not possible to operate our usual timetable.

“Where we are not able to run trains, we will seek to provide rail replacement road transport.

“We will continue to do all we can to keep key workers on the move and hope you will also continue to play your part by only travelling on Northern services when it is absolutely necessary.”

The coronavirus outbreak has also affected LNER’s services from Harrogate to York, Doncaster, Newark, Peterborough, Stevenage and London.

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