SWR issue revised timetable due to covid staff shortages


train cancellations due to covid staff shortages

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Staff shortages and cancellations have hit South Western Railway train services as the new Omicron variant sweeps through the country.

As a result SWR will be introducing a new temporary timetable as from Monday 17 January which they say which is designed to ensure reliability for customers and cater to key workers, school pupils and those who cannot work from home. SWR say this they believe this timetable will meet current demand but they will continue to monitor and review the situation.

Core timetables are available through the SWR website, with journey planners set to be updated on a week-by-week basis. Updates will take place towards the end of each week, so customers are advised to check before they travel via www.southwesternrailway.com.

Commenting, SWR’s Managing Director Claire Mann said:

The spread of the Omicron variant has had a significant impact on our railway, with fewer people using the train and staff shortages impacting on our ability to consistently deliver the current timetable.

Having assessed demand and spoken to our industry colleagues, we believe this new timetable is the most effective means of ensuring our customers receive a reliable service, with short-notice cancellations minimised.

Journey planners will be updated on a week-by-week basis, with updates taking place towards the end of each week. Customers should check their journey as close to their time of travel as possible.


Laura Slominski

I'm a Community Reporter for Eastleigh News and a Creative Writing BA Hons graduate of the University of Winchester. My interests are music, culture and the arts. I also contribute to OriginalRock.net. 


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