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From Monday 18 May, TransPennine Express (TPE) will be increasing the amount of services run in their amended timetable. This has been done in line with the Government’s request to increase services to enable those making essential journeys, to get where they need to be.
While there is an uplift in services, there will be significant restrictions on capacity to help enable social distancing, with a maximum of 20 seats per carriage available for customers. TPE will also be introducing seat markers on trains to help guide customers to where they can sit
Other precautions are being taken to protect customers from Covid-19 (coronavirus) at stations, including the introduction of clear two-metre markings on flooring in areas where people are likely to queue at key stations. TPE have increased cleaning at turnaround locations, making sure that crew areas are cleaned so our staff can work safely, and our cleaning teams are focusing on cleaning those areas that colleagues and customers are more likely to touch.
The new revised timetable will begin on Monday 18 May and will see services increased to provide a reliable and consistent service for those customers who still need to use our trains. We are advising customers to check before they travel and to only travel on public transport if there is no alternative.
From Monday 18 May, TPE will be running the following, with additional extra services at peak times:
Additionally, there will be limited TPE services between Newcastle and Edinburgh, Liverpool Lime Street and Preston, along with Glasgow and Carlisle.
Liz Collins, Interim Managing Director for TransPennine Express, commented: “From next week, we will begin running more services to allow key workers and those making essential journeys to get where they need to be.
“However, to adhere to social distancing, there will be a significant reduction in capacity on our services with a maximum of 20 seats available for customers per carriage. With this in mind, we would like customers to follow the Government advice and only travel on our trains if they have no alternative way of travelling.
“Please can those customers who are using our services currently, also check the new timetables before they travel on our website and make sure you plan ahead before starting your journey.”
For the latest up to date information, please visit our website: https://www.tpexpress.co.uk/travel-updates/corona-virus-travel-info