Joint statement from Transport Focus and London TravelWatch on reduced transport timetables

20 March 2020

Commenting on decisions to scale back public transport timetables during the Coronavirus outbreak, Transport Focus and London TravelWatch chief executive Anthony Smith said:

“This is a pragmatic response to the dramatic fall in passenger numbers and rising staff illness – there is no point in running empty trains and buses. But the remaining service must meet the needs of those who still have to travel, including key sector workers.

We’ve published some principles that should be followed, including protecting first and last services, providing enough capacity to keep passengers at a safe distance from each other and making the new timetable reliable and the information accurate. Coordination between operators, particularly between train companies and Transport for London, is crucial.”


Notes to editors

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Statement on coronavirus and rail ticket refunds.

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