People wearing face coverings at Manchester Piccadilly station

Rail travel advice as businesses and venues re-open this weekend

Joining calls from the Prime Minister and police forces across England for people to stay alert and behave responsibly on ‘Super Saturday’ tomorrow, Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions at the Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators and Network Rail, said:

As part of the safer travel pledge, rail companies are working together to keep people safe and help the economy get back on track by running more trains and boosting cleaning. Social distancing means space on trains is still limited so we’re urging people this weekend to help keep the railway clear for those that need it most and we’re reminding those who are travelling that a few drinks is no excuse for failing to wear a face covering.

Britain's rail companies - train operators and Network Rail - published their Safer Travel Pledge today which sets out what they are doing to keep people safe. This includes:

  • More trains and extra carriages in timetables – to make extra room and help with social distancing
  • Powerful fog cleaning on trains – with trains and stations cleaned more frequently through the day
  • Hand sanitiser points in over 300 stations – helping protect people from the virus
  • New service on Messenger app alerting people to busy trains – look up National Rail on Messenger to get started
  • Up to 2,500 extra staff available at key locations – to help passengers on their way

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