Salisbury's main train operator urges passengers to wear face covering as services increase

Salisbury's main train operator urges passengers to wear face covering as services increase

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 7:45am 18th May 2020. (Updated at 7:50am 18th May 2020)

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South Western Railway has more trains running today, along with rail operators across the country.

The move is to support more people returning to work amidst the coronavirus pandemic but commuters are warned that  passenger numbers will be restricted due to social distancing measures.

People are being told to only travel if your journey is essential and to try to travel off peak to avoid busy times.

A spokesperson for SWR said:

"South Western Railway along with the rest of the rail industry will be providing a number of additional services from Monday (18 May) to support customers during the next phase of the coronavirus response.

"Social distancing means space will still be extremely limited so only those who have no other option should use our trains."

You can view the latest timetable here:


If you do need to travel, here's how you can do your bit to keep others safe.

  • Plan ahead - avoid peak travel, check before you travel, buy tickets online on mobile or on smartcard 
  • Consider others - passengers are advised to wear a face covering, respect staff, be considerate to those less able
  • Stay safe - maintain social distancing where possible,
  • carry and use hand sanitiser and wash hands frequently,
  • pay contactless where possible


  • Cleaning stations and trains throughout the day, every day
  • Managing capacity on trains and in stations 
  • Placing markings and signage to encourage social distancing.
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