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People in Lichfield heading out to pubs and restaurants this weekend are being urged to only take the train if there is no other option.

Many businesses will welcome customers for the first time after the coronavirus lockdown this weekend.

But bosses at train operator West Midlands Railway have issued a reminder that travel on its services should only be for “necessary” journeys.

Jonny Wiseman, customer experience director for West Midlands Railway, said:

“As a transport operator we play a key role in keeping the local economy moving and we’re pleased to see more of our businesses starting to open their doors to customers.

“We’re stepping up our timetable to help meet demand but while we continue to operate at reduced capacity due to social distancing, we’re asking passengers only to travel with us if their journey is necessary.

“If you do travel by train, remember it is now mandatory to wear a face covering while on board.

“You should also buy your ticket in advance and avoid potentially busy services, particularly the last train home.”

Jonny Wiseman, West Midlands Railway

A new timetable is also coming into operation on West Midlands Railway services on Sunday (5th July). More details are available at

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