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Govia Thameslink Railway food bank pilot scheme collects over 800 meals for local charities

Donations at Bedford and Brighton stations meant that 822 meals were given to those in need, following a six-week community pilot scheme from Govia Thameslink Railway and UK charity, The Trussell Trust.

The Railway Food Collection is a partnership between Govia Thameslink Railway and local food banks. It aims to encourage the public and railway staff, to donate food and other essential items to vulnerable people in their local communities.

The pilot helped support The Black & Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) Food Bank in Brighton & Hove and the Bedford Foodbank to increase the number of families in crisis that they can support

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Latest wave of Thameslink stations treated with 30-day virus killer

Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern are treating their stations to the latest round of sanitisation that kills viruses for up to 30 days.

Parent company Govia Thameslink Railway has been using the viruscide at stations and on board its trains since May to supplement its already-enhanced cleaning regime.

The 30-day viruscide is part of a series of measures to keep passengers as safe as possible, which includes 100 extra cleaning staff at work and 21,600 touchpoint cleans in three months (7,200 a month) on stations and in staff areas.

The treatment is repeated every 21 days

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Train services between Bedford and London affected by works over next two weekends

Network Rail is urging passengers who have to travel over the next two weekends to check their journeys, as vital work continues on the £1.5billion Midland Main Line Upgrade.

On 18/19 and 25/26 July, Network Rail engineers will carry out work to install the final section of the overhead line equipment on the route. This is in preparation for bi-mode trains, which are quieter and better for the environment, to run on the line in future between Bedford and Corby, via Kettering.

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Network Rail engineering work will affect Thameslink and East Midlands services this weekend

Network Rail is continuing with work on a £1.5 billion upgrade of the Midland Main Line which will improve journeys for all those using the route.

On 4/5 and 11/12 July, work will take place to commission and test two new substations on the route between Bedford and Ampthill.

This work is part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade and will provide the power needed to allow more trains to run in the future.

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Thameslink staff embrace the outdoors in support of Autism Bedfordshire

Staff from across the Thameslink network joined forces to run, walk, jog and cycle throughout the month of June to raise money for Autism Bedfordshire.

Hailed ‘Challenge 50,’ each fundraiser had to complete 50 kilometres of their chosen form of exercise. With usual community events on hold due to the pandemic, Bernie Lee – station manager for Bedford, Flitwick and Harlington – thought it was more important than ever to raise awareness and vital funds for the charity and is thrilled that the team have beaten their £1,000 target

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Getting ready for the new world of travelling by rail

Thameslink shares its top tips for those who need to head back onto the trains

As we begin to see the gradual ease to lockdown, the prospect of taking on the ‘new world commute’ for those who must travel by train, could seem a little daunting.

People should still consider whether their journey is necessary and wear a face covering if travelling. However, this may make many travellers nervous about the prospect of heading onto public transport in the future.

To help ease customer concerns, the key workers from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have come together to create a short video.

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​Abandoned Thameslink bikes restored for Bedford Hospital staff

Around 30 NHS key workers at Bedfordshire hospitals are now travelling to work on free bicycles, thanks to a scheme to renovate abandoned bikes. The scheme is being run by Thameslink, Luton Council and Sustrans, the charity promoting cycling and walking.

The aim was to help hospital staff get to and from work while maintaining social distancing and getting some valuable extra exercise. Fittingly the project has completed its first batch of bikes in June, National Bike Month.

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Govia Thameslink Railway calls for budding engineers to consider rail careers

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is marking International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2020 with an interactive online event to offer an insight into engineering careers in the rail industry.

While aiming to attract more women to consider the sector, the event is open to anyone considering a role in engineering. Attendees will hear from colleagues from the rail operator, as well as key partners from the wider engineering industry.

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Thameslink advises passengers: Avoid busy times of day and wear a face covering

People thinking of using the train to go shopping and for leisure trips as lockdown eases on 15 June, are being reminded to avoid the morning and evening peaks to help keep the railway clear for key workers and others who need it most.

Those who must travel by train should follow these clear guidelines:

From 15 June, as a passenger, you must wear a face covering
Try to avoid the busy times of the day between 06.30 and 09.00 and 16.00 to 18.00
Book tickets online and use contactless payments wherever possible
Please keep your distance
Carry hand sanitiser and wash your hands before and after travelling

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