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Busiest Bucks train services revealed

It's as Chiltern tries to help commuters avoid packed services with lockdown easing.

Published by Dan Gooding at 2:01pm 8th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Busiest Bucks train services revealed

Some of the busiest train services in Buckinghamshire have been revealed, to help commuters adjust their journeys.

Chiltern have listed the most popular time as a new alert system starts up to help passengers avoid crowded trains.

The busiest train services are:

  • 1646 Marylebone - Gerrards Cross
  • 1715 Marylebone - Aylesbury
  • 1549 Gerrards Cross - Marylebone
  • 0602 Aylesbury - Marylebone
  • 0535 Oxford - Marylebone
  • 0544 Aylesbury Vale Parkway - Marylebone

To help people plan their journeys to avoid the busiest services and stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic, train companies are launching new technology that will alert passengers to busy trains and stations before they leave home.

A new system from National Rail will indicate to people who are searching for a journey if a specific train or station is looking busy, including those operated by Chiltern Railways.

It will take operational messages about busy trains and stations that are sent by frontline rail staff to control rooms and display these in passenger-friendly language on journey planning websites and apps.

People will see a red or yellow warning triangle when they search their journey and by clicking on it, will be able to find out more information and advice.

This journey information will be complemented by a new information service that will update passengers on how disruption and overcrowding will affect their journey.

Chiltern Railways

This new technology will also provide alternative travel options, helping people maintain social distancing as they continue to make essential journeys. Passengers can sign up to alerts from National Rail on 'Alert me by Messenger', with updates on WhatsApp and SMS being made available over the coming weeks.

The introduction of the technology was announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps during the government press conference on Saturday 23 May.

The personalised information service, developed by tech start-up Zipabout, uses a range of anonymised data, including journey planning data, to predict how busy a train is likely to be by analysing recent information and comparing it with historic trends.

This in turn allows National Rail Enquiries not only to warn passengers of busy services, allowing them to plan and stagger their journeys, but also to suggest quieter options or alternative routes they can take.

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