Reduced timetable for South Western Railway

Reduced timetable for South Western Railway

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:23pm 20th March 2020.

3 minute read

The train operator's cutting the number of services it's running from Monday, because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Government's allowed rail companies to set up revised timetables, starting on 23rd March.

Covid-19 means that the number of people using train services is falling, while people self-isolate and take Government advice on social distancing.

South Western Railway Revised Timetable March 2020
The routes that have been reduced are shown in orange here


Salisbury to London Waterloo services will be reduced to one an hour in each direction, but we're told there will be some additional services at peak times,

The last service back from London will be at 11.35pm.

Going towards Tisbury and Exeter from Salisbury, there'll only be one train every two hours, and they will start later and finish earlier than usual.

South Western Railway won't be running any services to Bristol Temple Meads, but some Great Western services may be running.

Between Salisbury and Romsey, the bus replacement services put in place following the Laverstock South landslip. will continue, but they'll be down to one an hour.

South Western Railway Train 2018
South Western Railway will be cutting back on services while the Covid-19 outbreak takes hold

In a statement, South Western Railway has said: 

"The spread of the COVID-19 means that like at most other organisations, more of our staff are having to follow advice to stay at home unwell and self-isolate for up to 14 days. By reducing the number of trains running, we can focus on ensuring a reliable timetable for passengers who still have to travel, especially healthcare professionals, police and fire service workers."

They've said they're stepping up other procedures too:

  • Encouraging good hand hygiene amongst colleagues and customers in line with Public Health England advice
  • When cleaning stations and trains, paying particular attention to commonly touched surfaces such as ticket machines, grab handles, stair handrails and door buttons
  • Working to ensure stocks of soaps are checked and replenished regularly onboard trains and at stations

There's more on the revised timetables on the South Western Railway website.

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