“Use trains for necessary journeys” plea from train company

West Midlands Railway issues travel advice as leisure industry restrictions ease.

As parts of the hospitality sector reopen this weekend, West Midlands Railway is reminding passengers that trains are for necessary journeys only.

Passengers who do have to travel are being urged to plan journeys carefully, avoid busy times and to wear a face covering. Late night travellers are advised not to rely on the last train home. The train company says all of these measures are essential to 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 5th July. Passengers are urged to check their journeys in advance at www.wmr.uk and follow @WestMidRailway on Twitter for live travel advice.