6.4 C
London
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Commuter trains to be reinstated as railway staff numbers return to normal – South London News

Must read

Former Trump deputy chief of staff Ornato, a key witness on January 6, appears before the House committee

WASHINGTON — Tony Ornato, who served as White House deputy chief of staff under Donald Trump, is expected to appear Tuesday for an interview...

We review Abby, a streamlined, one-plant weed grow for your apartment • londonbusinessblog.com

abbey started being selling about 120 of its "All-In-One Smart Hydroponic Grow Box" on Kickstarter, with a relatively modest $100,000 raised on the crowdfunding...

Mixed demand trends for cars in November as festive boost wears off but signs of recovery visible in rural areas

Indian auto companies are looking at mixed demand momentum after feeling upbeat in October following the festive seasonal boost. Due to the festive...

The Antler Investor Memo Series: Acanthis helps small business owners understand the fundamentals of their success

Early-stage investment firm Antler Australia recently backed a new cohort of startups as part of its ongoing program to build great local tech companies. Startup...
Shreya Christinahttps://londonbusinessblog.com
Shreya has been with londonbusinessblog.com for 3 years, writing copy for client websites, blog posts, EDMs and other mediums to engage readers and encourage action. By collaborating with clients, our SEO manager and the wider londonbusinessblog.com team, Shreya seeks to understand an audience before creating memorable, persuasive copy.

By Joe Talora, Local Democracy Reporter

Commuter trains into central London are set to return to levels seen last year following disruption caused by the Omicron wave of Covid-19.

South Western Railway, which operates services to and from London Waterloo, introduced a temporary reduced timetable earlier this year due to staff shortages caused by Covid-19.

But the operator announced on Friday that, from Monday, February 21, its timetable will be restored to the one last used in December 2021 meaning that several services will be reinstated.

Four services – the 07:38 from Southampton to Waterloo, the 17:02 Waterloo to Guildford, the 07:00 Shepperton to Waterloo and the 08:15 Waterloo to Waterloo (via Hounslow) – will not return, however.

South Western’s managing director Claire Mann said it has been a “difficult period” for the railway and that the operator was left with “no choice but to temporarily reduce [its] timetable” in response to staff shortages in January.

But Ms Mann said: “With staff availability now consistently improving, we are pleased to be able to announce this uplift, which will essentially see service levels return to where they were prior to the spread of Omicron.

“More and more people are returning to our railway, and this timetable will ensure that we match capacity and demand while delivering reliability for customers”.

Despite the upcoming uplift in South Western services, the operator is under pressure over its plans to permanently slash its timetable from December 2022.

Last autumn, South Western opened a consultation on its plans to reduce the number of trains it runs in response to new commuting patterns emerging since the end of lockdown.

But the plan has been met with backlash from commuters, politicians and transport stakeholders.

In response to the consultation, transport watchdog London TravelWatch said the cuts were “premature” and would “disadvantage those who have no choice but to travel” and “increase car dependency in outer London”.

This concern was recently brought up by former London mayoral candidate and Green Party London Assembly member Sian Berry.

Earlier this month, a YouGov survey commissioned by Ms Berry found that as many as one in four outer Londoners felt “forced” to own a car due to a lack of transport options.

Ms Berry said that further cuts to suburban rail services would “make this awful situation of Londoners feeling forced to own a car even worse” and called on the Government and the Mayor of London to ensure that there are adequate public transport options across the whole of the capital.

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

Former Trump deputy chief of staff Ornato, a key witness on January 6, appears before the House committee

WASHINGTON — Tony Ornato, who served as White House deputy chief of staff under Donald Trump, is expected to appear Tuesday for an interview...

We review Abby, a streamlined, one-plant weed grow for your apartment • londonbusinessblog.com

abbey started being selling about 120 of its "All-In-One Smart Hydroponic Grow Box" on Kickstarter, with a relatively modest $100,000 raised on the crowdfunding...

Mixed demand trends for cars in November as festive boost wears off but signs of recovery visible in rural areas

Indian auto companies are looking at mixed demand momentum after feeling upbeat in October following the festive seasonal boost. Due to the festive...

The Antler Investor Memo Series: Acanthis helps small business owners understand the fundamentals of their success

Early-stage investment firm Antler Australia recently backed a new cohort of startups as part of its ongoing program to build great local tech companies. Startup...

Apple Music’s year-end review, Replay, is slightly better this year

The best of 2022 lists and year-end recaps are just around the corner, including Spotify Wrapped, the streaming platform's flashy interactive feature that's become...

Contents