THOSE planning reunions with family and friend when the latest lockdown ease comes in on Monday are being urged to avoid using trains to get to them.
West Midlands Railway is urging people to find alternative methods of transport to see their loved ones.
From Monday in England, gatherings of up to six people can be held as long as they are outside and social distancing spaces of two-metres are adhered to.
Rail bosses, who are anticipating an increase in short and medium-distance journeys, want to ensure spaces on trains are kept free for key workers’ essential travel.
Trains are still operating at significantly reduced capacity due to social distancing restrictions so West Midlands Railway is urging customers to walk, cycle or drive if they are heading to a reunion.
Jonny Wiseman, head of customer experience for West Midlands Railway, said: “We know many of our customers will be looking forward to catching up with family and friends they have not seen in a long time when the rules change next week.
“With social distancing advice still in place, we are urging customers to avoid the train for all but the most essential journeys where no other means of travel is available.
“If you choose to take the train for a non-essential journey you risk taking the space of a front-line worker who needs it more.”
The operator is also urging passengers who do need to use the train to wear a face covering while on board, avoid peak times and buy tickets online.
For the latest travel advice, visit www.wmr.uk/coronavirus or follow @WestMidRailway on Twitter.