Network Rail has installed vinyl stickers on the floor around Manchester Piccadilly station

 

Driver CPC rules relaxed

The Department for Transport has announced a temporary relaxation on Driver CPC rules. This means that drivers whose Driver CPC card expires in the period from March 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020 can continue driving.

Most professional lorry and bus drivers must complete 35 hours periodic training every five years to maintain a Driver CPC card. However, the Department has acknowledged that during the Covid-19 pandemic it may be difficult for professional drivers to complete their required training.

 

Social distancing at Manchester Piccadilly

Network Rail has installed vinyl stickers on the floor around Manchester Piccadilly station to highlight the two metre distance people should keep between themselves and others.

The stickers form a grid leading towards the ticket barriers, as well as marking out spaces for passengers to wait in whilst queuing for tickets or information.

Scott Green, station manager at Manchester Piccadilly, said: “The new stickers will make it really easy for passengers to protect themselves when using the station for essential travel.

 

Merseyrail cuts services

Merseyrail has announced that due to increasing numbers of station, depot and onboard staff self-isolating due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be further significant changes to its services from this Thursday.

Trains will now only operate between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00 Monday to Saturday, with services every 30 minutes across all lines. Sunday services will operate between the hours of 08:00 and 19:00.

 

Operators go into ‘hibernation’

Open access train operator Hull Trains has announced it has suspended all services between London and Hull indefinitely as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Despite running a revised timetable, numbers of people travelling have dropped significantly since national guidance was issued for people to stay at home and stop all non-essential travel,” the company said in a statement.

“Revenues from ticket sales are vital for Hull Trains and its business model means it must survive purely as a commercial operation. As one of three open access operators in the country, it has not been offered additional financial support from the government, which franchised rail operators have.”

Meanwhile, as a result of the suspension of the majority of flights to Gatwick Airport, Govia Thameslink Railway has announced that Gatwick Express services will be suspended until further notice.

British Airways, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic, which make up the bulk of operations at the airport have all suspended services, leading Gatwick to close the North Terminal and consolidate operations at the South Terminal for the four remaining flights each day.