Coronavirus: Avanti introduces social distancing measures on its trains

An Avanti West Coast Pendolino train at London Euston train stationImage copyright Avanti West Coast

Rail passengers have been urged not flip up with out an advance ticket and to put on face coverings after they travel on the West Coast Mainline.

Avanti West Coast made the announcement as a part of new social distancing on its companies between Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.

Passengers may be refused travel if the rules aren’t adopted.

The measures take impact on Monday and Avanti says it might not permit carriages to be greater than 1 / 4 full.

“We’re appealing to our valued customers to help us and other passengers by only travelling with a reservation,” mentioned Avanti West Coast’s managing director Phil Whittingham.

“If everybody does this, we’ll have the ability to maintain social distancing in place on board, each for our prospects and our folks.

“If customers do turn up without a reservation, we’ll do our best to help but we can’t guarantee they’ll be able to take the train they want.”

Because of this, the practice operator is asking passengers to ebook in advance on the Avanti cellular app the place attainable, to keep away from utilizing amenities on the station or dealing with money.

People also needs to verify earlier than they travel, in case the time of their practice has modified.

Other measures being launched by Avanti embody face masks for employees and ready rooms and lounges can be shut.

There may even be enhanced cleansing procedures onboard trains and at stations, particularly centered on cleansing door buttons, seize handles, tables and all contact factors, in addition to gear like telephones, chip and pin machines, self-service ticket machines and level of sale programs.

Shops onboard Voyager companies, which travel between London and locations like Blackpool, Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Edinburgh and North Wales, can be closed and no foods and drinks can be obtainable.

The retailers on Pendolino companies will nonetheless be open, however re-usable espresso cups is not going to be accepted.

Increased practice companies

A brand new timetable is being introduced in from Monday, according to up to date travel recommendation from the federal government that can see practice companies improve to about 70% of the traditional timetable.

During the coronavirus pandemic solely half of regular rail companies have been working.

The easing of travel restrictions is more likely to be performed regularly – the federal government has instructed that working hours may be staggered to restrict passenger numbers.

People in England who’re allowed to return to work have been requested to not use public transport if attainable.

If maintained, the two-metre social distancing measure would minimize capability on trains by as much as 90%.

A current Transport Focus survey instructed greater than 60% of UK passengers wouldn’t really feel comfy utilizing public transport until social distancing was in place.

It discovered 51% wouldn’t be glad until passengers had been required to put on masks.