Shrewsbury Aberystwyth Rail Liaison Committee
TRANSPORT FOR WALES UPDATE – 2nd
Some of this will be
old news to many of you but as you can appreciate the situation has been
changing day-to-day, along with many members of staff changing their work
Together with our
colleagues in Network Rail, we are endeavouring to provide a vital service for
NHS workers and the emergency services, we’re keeping freight trains on track
and we’re providing transport for key workers across the country.
We launched a reduced
Sunday timetable in response to the evolving situation and in line with
industry partners and wider public health advice.
Over the course of
the week, advice on travel has become stricter and we are supporting all advice
for people to stay at home, and only travel when absolutely essential.
Since Monday 230th
March, further reductions were made to the timetable which included:
- Cambrian line to roughly 1 service every 2
- Heart of Wales line to one service per day in
- Cardiff Bay shuttle from 5trains ph to 2trains
- Full removal of Chester to Liverpool services
as the route is served by Mersey Rail.
- Reduced services between Crewe and Chester.
We have however
introduced a 07:47 Carmarthen to Milford Haven bus service in West Wales which
will call additionally at Withy bush Hospital, providing a journey opportunity
for NHS Key Workers.
We are reviewing this
on a daily basis and further reductions/implementations of services and will be
communicated in due course.
We are also
contacting all hospitals on our route to ensure our timetable can best meet the
needs of key workers and we will continue to monitor and review the situation
to ensure we can best suit the needs of key workers
Other than to perform
safety-critical duties – e.g. dispatch, platform clearance – conductors will
remain in the back cab, with frequent use of the PA System is used to announce
to travelling customers how the conductor can be contacted if needed and pass
on other supporting advice.
and revenue response officers will now focus on support for our station teams.
Gate lines will remain in operation to help customers with social distancing
measures in place, but ticket sales are to only be made on the website, app,
TVM, or behind a glass window.
Further update to be
issued when more news is available.