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Commuters face chaos as hundreds more train services cut amid staff shortages

by LLB Reporter
16th Jan 22 11:37 am

Hundreds of more train services are being axed in response to staff shortages amid Covid infections.

From Monday emergency timetables are to be introduced for Avanti West Coast, c2c, East Midlands Railway and South Western Railway to reduce short notice cancellations.

Earlier this month it was estimated that around 10% of rail staff were off work due to the impact of the Omicron variant, which has also hit several other train operators in recent weeks.

South Western Railway’s emergency timetable will operate 28% less weekday trains, which is “the most effective means of ensuring our customers receive a reliable service,” the firm’s managing director, Claire Mann said.

Avanti West Coast are to run just one train per hour for both directions on routes connecting London Euston with Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.

Shot notice cancellations which are “incredibly frustrating” for passengers will also hit East Midlands Railway as they are removing 4% of services from their timetable.

East Midlands Railway said, this will “protect” trains which are “important for customers who are still travelling”, it added.

Passengers are being urged to check for updates before travelling or sign up to National Rail Alert Me which provides automotic alerts.

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