Covid-19: UK Public transport services tell people how to sit on trains
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Covid-19: UK Public transport services tell people how to sit on trains

UK public transport services such as Network Rail have issued instructions for commuters on how they should take trains.

As the lockdown restrictions across the nation eased last week, public transport services have been told by authorities to lay on more services as people were told they can resume work.

Extra police and security personnel were called in on hand to deal with any overcrowding, but stations such as London Kings Cross, Birmingham New Street and Clapham Junction were relatively quiet during the morning peak.

However, rules are in place for those who do decide to use the services.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) have said that seats are reservation via pre-booking only, to sit at a window seat, one person to every two rows, not to face other passengers and masks must be worn.

LNER have said that households can sit together.

The company have released a video on their website explaining the new rules.

Network Rail, which manages the UK’s 20 busiest stations, said passenger numbers were “very similar” to last week when they were around 93% below average.

Transport unions have complained that these new rules and restrictions  are sending confusing and mixed messages to millions of workers, with many still wondering whether it is safe to return to their workplace.

The Rail Delivery Group said train services will be increased from around 50% of the standard timetable to 70%.

However, in order to maintain social distancing, their capacity will be reduced to as little as 10% of normal levels, and passengers are being urged to avoid non-essential travel.

The UK government have said some businesses and offices can reopen and people are to use transport if needed though to remain home if they can.

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