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Northern train services set to increase around Preston

Posted on - 19th July, 2020 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Preston Railway Station, Transport
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Northern is taking extra steps to keep trains clean

More Northern trains will start running between Preston and Blackpool South from tomorrow (Monday 20 July).

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Since the start of lockdown, services have started to increase but next week is set to see extra services.

As well as the increase in trains to the seaside town, there will be an extra service running to Ormskirk daily.

Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said: “We know this year has been difficult for our customers, with amended timetables in place since the end of March.

“We have brought in more services where possible during May and June and now, at the end of July, we are able to add more between two of the most popular destinations on our network.

“We are still not at a full timetable though, and, with social distancing still in place, space on our trains is limited. Customers, therefore, need to plan journeys carefully, avoid travelling at peak times where possible and, of course, wear a face covering – unless they are exempt – when on our trains.”

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Northern recently outlined its cleaning measures to allow those using the railway to feel safer.

The company has 430 staff cleaning trains and 150 staff cleaning stations, with a collective 510 hours per night spent cleaning carriages.

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“We want to make sure customers who travel with us can do so with the confidence that the Northern network is as safe as possible,” Chris added

“Those who are returning to the railway can help by making sure they wash their hands regularly, adhere to social distancing, and take any litter with them when they leave our trains.

“Customers should also make themselves fully aware of the updated timetables and plan journeys well in advance, allowing extra time for travel where possible.”

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Government guidelines state that people must wear a face covering on public transport unless they have a reason not to do so.

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Guidance also asks that people should try to avoid the use of public transport if they are able to do so to help reduce the spread of the virus.

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Are you travelling by train? Will you start using services again soon? Tell us in the comments below.

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