Sumary of Avoid weekends for rail travel this summer, train operators urge:
- Weekends are predicted to be extremely busy, especially on trains serving coastal areas ranging from Devon and Cornwall to Cleethorpes and Skegness in Lincolnshire.
- The Independent asked the long-distance train operators for their forecasts for the peak times this summer.
- Since the coronavirus pandemic began, passenger numbers on trains have collapsed.
- While road use has return to pre-crisis levels, the highest figure achieved so far on the trains this year is 52 per cent – over the weekend of 10 and 11 July.
- ”GWR, which links London Paddington with South Wales and the West of England, is urging passengers to travel midweek and early in the day if they are able to do so.
- Avanti West Coast, which connects the West Midlands, northwest England, North Wales and southern Scotland with London Euston, will be affected by long-planned engineering work on the West Coast main line at weekends up the end of August.