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Train services cut back in Bucks

Chiltern Railways say they are making changes to protect services.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:46am 23rd March 2020. 3-minute read.

Train services cut back in Bucks

Fewer trains are going to be running on Chiltern Railways in Buckinghamshire from today, to cope with the impact of coronavirus.

Bosses say they are protecting a vital service for many, but we won't be able to catch a train as frequently.

This timetable will remain in place until further notice, though service levels will be kept under regular review. People needing to travel on Monday should check their train time from midday on Sunday.

There will be one train per hour in each direction between London Marylebone and Birmingham, Oxford, Aylesbury via High Wycombe and Aylesbury Vale Parkway via the Metropolitan Line.

Additional peak services will be provided Monday to Friday and early morning and late evening trains for key workers will still be provided.  

Aylesbury station

The national move to a reduced timetable agreed with the government marks the second phase in the industry's response to the virus.

Moving to a reduced timetable balances current significantly reduced levels of demand with the need to reduce the number of people required to run the network, which will help to ensure there are enough staff to keep services running over the coming weeks and months.

As a vital artery for Britain, the railway is crucial to ensuring that key workers like nurses, police officers and firefighters can get to work 

Mary Hewitt, Interim Managing Director said:

"This is not a decision we have taken lightly, however implementing this reduced timetable now means that we can protect Chiltern Railways' ability to operate a reliable service and continue to get key workers to where they need to be.

"I'd like to pay tribute to the Chiltern Railways team who are working so hard to keep the railway running. I am immensely proud of the service they have provided in such challenging times."  chiltern railways

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