Day trips are not essential, say rail bosses

Wiganers are being asked by train operator Northern to think if their journey is really necessary.

The firm says increasing numbers of North West residents have been using trains to get to the seaside and other beauty spots, even though only essential journeys are supposed to be made by public transport.

Travelling numbers soared last weekend when the weather was particularly hot and sunny, Northern said.

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With social distancing on trains meaning capacity is down by 85 per cent, the operator is asking all passengers to leave space for those who need it most.

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Chris Jackson, regional director for Northern, said: “We know the temptation is there to jump on the train and head to some of the fantastic destinations the North West has to offer, and in ordinary circumstances we would welcome everyone onto the railway.

“But we are still being affected by the coronavirus pandemic and, as a result of social distancing measures, capacity on our trains is significantly reduced.

“We are still advising people to use public transport only if no other options are available and if the journey is essential. The space we have on our trains should be left for those who need to make vital journeys.

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“Destinations across the north of England will still be there to be enjoyed when the country recovers from coronavirus and I ask everyone to show a little more patience and take a little more time to consider if they absolutely have to travel by train.”

Northern is operating reduced timetables due to the coronavirus crisis and, where services do operate, measures have been put in place to help people keep their distance.

Anyone who needs to make an essential journey should wear a mask, leave extra time for travel and check times carefully as services may be subject to further amendments and delays.

For full details check the Northern website or National Rail Enquiries.