26th Oct, 2020

As pubs and restaurants get set to reopen, revellers are warned West Midlands trains and buses are still for essential journeys only

AS THE pubs, restaurants and other parts of the hospitality sector get set to reopen tomorrow people are being reminded public transport is still only for necessary journeys only.

Passengers who do have to travel by train or bus are being urged to plan journeys carefully, avoid busy times and to wear a face covering.

West Midlands Railway are urging late night travellers not to rely on the last train home – all those measures are essential to enable and maintain social distancing.

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.”

A new timetable comes into operation on West Midlands Railway services on Sunday (July 5). Passengers are urged to check their journeys in advance at www.wmr.uk and follow @WestMidRailway on Twitter for live travel advice.

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