Rail bosses urge travellers in the north west to think twice before heading to the coast this Easter weekend

Rail bosses are urging people in the region to think twice before travelling to the seaside – and Blackpool – this Easter weekend.

Train operator Northern is asking everyone to follow Government advice and minimise travel where possible

The company is still running amended timetables in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which means fewer trains than normal will be running over the Easter weekend with reduced capacity on services to many locations. There is also planned engineering work on several routes in the region which will affect people’s journeys.

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Chris Jackson Regional Director at Northern, said: “We know people will want to get out and about at Easter, but I’m asking our customers to think carefully about their travel plans.

Train operator Northern is urging people to think twice before heading to the seaside

“Trains to some of our most popular destinations are likely to be busier than they have been in recent weeks and, while we will do everything we can to add carriages on key routes, we need customers to ensure they travel as safely as possible.”

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“And, of course, face coverings remain mandatory on all trains and stations across our network and everyone – aside from those who are exempt – should do their bit and keep their mouths and noses covered.”

Northern is also taking additional steps to make the railway as safe as possible, with cleaning being carried out on trains and at stations. Northern currently employs around 430 staff to clean trains during the day and at night at the end of service. They work at stations and depots across the north of England and are supported by an additional 150 colleagues who are dedicated to cleaning Northern’s stations.

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For up-to-date details on train services this Easter visit National Rail Enquiries. For more information about coronavirus guidance and details of how to travel safely visit gov.uk/coronavirus