Northern put new 'key worker' timetables in place

Rail company Northern Trains will be implementing amended 'Key Worker' timetables from today (Tuesday).

The changes to services comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed stricter measures on Monday evening to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  

The Government has said that people should only use public transport to travel to and from work when "absolutely necessary" - if you are a key worker. See if this applies to you here

For the latest timetable information for Northern Trains, click here

In a statement, Northern Trains say: "As a result of the continuing impact of COVID-19 we will be running amended ‘Key Worker’ timetables from Tuesday 24 March.

"The aim is to deliver services on key routes for those identified as key workers – ensuring they can get where they need to be to provide help and assistance to all in the region.

"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.

"Though we continue to run services, The Government is advising that, if possible, you should avoid non-essential public transport use and try to avoid rush hour, varying your usual travel times to prevent crowding and if possible, work from home. 

"If you are showing any Coronavirus symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate along with other members of your household. The latest Public Health England advice is available here. 

"We will continue to do all we can and hope you will also continue to play your part when travelling on Northern services." 

If you are not able to travel - or choose not to travel - during the current pandemic, you are entitled to a refund or partial refund depending on the ticket you hold. Find out more here

It was announced yesterday (Monday) that the Government is suspending rail franchises and converting them into management agreements, as part of the response to the coronavirus emergency.

Northern - previously operated by Arriva Rail North - was already under Government control as of the start of this month (March) under the new name Northern Trains. 

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