Thameslink timetable changes train pulling into a station Image: Thameslink

To manage social distancing, passengers may have to queue and should allow extra time

Following the latest government guidance for passengers on how to travel safely, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will be running a different Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern timetable from Sunday 17 May.

The introduction of a new timetable means that services and train times will change and passengers will need to check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk. This timetable will run until further notice.

The Government advice sets out that if people cannot work from home and have to travel for work, they should first consider alternatives to public transport.

For those who have to use public transport, the guidance for passengers on how to travel safely recommends:

  • Keeping 2 metres apart from others wherever possible
  • Wearing a face covering if you can
  • Using contactless payment where possible
  • Avoiding rush hour travel where feasible
  • Washing or sanitising your hands before and after travel
  • Following advice from staff and being considerate to others

To help maintain social distancing some extra services will be running and passengers may be asked to queue to enter some larger, busier stations.

GTR advises that people should leave extra time for their journeys. In the coming days, more information will be available as GTR finalises its plans.

Steve White, GTR’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

“Please listen to the latest Government advice and only travel if you have no other alternative. We ask that customers work with us by respecting the requirements for social distancing and personal hygiene so that we can help everyone who needs to travel or who is working on the railway stay safe and well. I would like to thank our own key worker colleagues who have shown great fortitude in keeping the railway running and supporting our passengers who must travel.”