Rail services increase to 80 per cent capacity - but passengers are asked to only travel for essential journeys

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East Midlands Railway is now running at 80 per cent of its full capacity, but staff are warning passengers to only travel if their journey is essential.

The company, which operates services around the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, including Sheffield, Doncaster, Mansfield, Worksop, Chesterfield, Matlock, Nottingham and Derby, has today (Monday, May 18) increased capacity by a further 20 per cent.

Will Rogers, managing director at East Midlands Railway, said: “From today we will be increasing our services, however the new timetable will only allow a small rise in the number of passengers we can accommodate.

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“We urge everyone to only go by train if it is necessary and keep public transport for key workers and those who must travel.

“To help people who must travel, we will be providing extra information and guidance at all 91 of our stations and on our trains. Our passengers also have an important role to play and I urge them to follow government guidance, wear a face covering and be mindful of each other and maintain a safe and sensible distance.

"Please do not hesitate to ask any of our staff if you have any questions about the changes – they will be happy to help.”

New social distancing measures and information are in place and passengers are asked to wear face coverings and maintain a safe and sensible distance from one another and staff.

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Passengers should continue to follow Government travel advice and only travel by public transport if it is absolutely necessary.

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