Covid 19 Update from GTR, 6th April 2020

This an update received from the local train company.

It is interesting to note that while demand for train travel has dropped by 90%, the same is true for Brighton Buses. Probably not good for train and bus companies but good for society. Please do not use public transport in the present time ( unless absolutely necessary) as it quite difficult to socially distance.

Here is our latest update from Angela Long at GTR:-

“Further to the introduction of the revised timetable last Monday, I wanted to provide you with a short update on developments across GTR as we prepare for the weeks ahead. 

Timetable & services The timetable is designed to be as reliable as possible at a time when fewer operational colleagues like drivers, signallers and platform dispatch staff are available. We are keeping it under review to provide as best a fit for key workers as possible.   

The stay at home message for non-essential travel is proving effective and is supporting key workers. I would like to thank all of you that have helped in sharing it across the network. To provide a sense, we have seen a +93% reduction in passenger numbers across the network, which reflects the national position. 

The average GTR service is now operating with 15 passengers on board, and our busiest Class 700 Thameslink service this week, built to seat 600+, carried 70 persons.  While fewer services are operating, the timetable is proving resilient and highly reliable for the essential workers that need it most. To provide an example, of the 2,500 train services booked to operate on Thursday 2nd April, 91.0% were On Time (all stations +-59 seconds), 98.2% were within PPM (final destination within 5 minutes) and 0.3% were cancelled.  

I would like to thank all of you that have been in touch with feedback from key workers. We are keeping the timetable under constant review. While there is a potential risk in the weeks ahead with self-isolation and sickness expected to increase, we are planning to introduce several enhancements on Monday 6th April. 
These include: Additional AM service from Carshalton Beeches to London Bridge to best support Guy’s Hospital. Additional early AM service on the East Coast Main Line between Peterborough and King’s Cross to complement early services from Cambridge. 
Additional early AM service between Three Bridges and London Victoria, calling at intermediary stations such as Redhill and Coulsdon South. Increasing the carriage length of services on the East Coastway route between Eastbourne and Ore to support social distancing. 
Supporting our teams As you will know, while any job that can be completed remotely is now being delivered from home, thousands of colleagues across the railway remain in front line roles to keep services open for key workers. For those on social media, it was especially heart-warming to see the content shared by members of the public under the #railwayfamily tag today. Our social media team has joined in, sharing the work of our maintenance team in Horsham who have set up a hand sanitiser bottling plant to keep supplies flowing for colleagues – https://twitter.com/SouthernRailUK/status/1246105179457552386?s=20  
I know many of you have taken the time to write in with messages of support and I am very grateful. Sharing these across the business with our teams is an enormous privilege and is playing a key role in helping to keep spirits up.”