Train operators say they will add more carriages to peak time services in a bid to cope with demand.

West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway made the announcement after reports of busy services on some routes today (23rd March), despite calls from the Government to avoid anything except non-essential travel.

The operators both run services out of Lichfield stations, but have reduced the timetable due to a fall in passenger numbers as more people work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jonny Wiseman, customer experience director for West Midlands Railway, said more carriages would be laid on from tomorrow:

“We apologise to those customers who found their train was very busy this morning.

We have responded immediately and have taken action to add more carriages where needed.

“The rail industry moved quickly to bring in this emergency timetable, reducing a process which would normally take many months to just a few days.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and make further changes if needed.

“We are also appealing to our passengers to follow government advice and only use the train if it is truly necessary to help us support social distancing.”

Jonny Wiseman, West Midlands Railway


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One reply on “Train operators to add more carriages as passengers continue to make journeys despite call for end to non-essential travel”

  1. People are still having to travel to go to work if their employers haven’t closed the office/business or permitted WFH. Unfortunately not turning up simply isn’t an option for some of us who have to carry on until Boris has the balls to close all non-essential businesses.

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