Yorkshire rail travellers warned of weekend disruption on Northern network
Northern is warning customers that some disruption is likely this weekend as the rail operator continues to feel the impact of coronavirus.
During the past few weeks more and more front-line staff have either tested positive for the virus or been told to self-isolate.
As a result, services in many areas are likely to be affected this weekend – with routes in Yorkshire set to face the most significant disruption.
On Saturday there will be planned cancellations on services on the following routes:
- Sheffield to Lincoln
- Sheffield to Gainsborough Central and Cleethorpes
- Sheffield to York
- Sheffield to Leeds via Moorthorpe
On Sunday there will be cancellations between:
- Sheffield and Lincoln
- Leeds and Doncaster
- Sheffield and Leeds via Moorthorpe
- Sheffield and York
Tony Baxter, Regional Director at Northern, said: “A high proportion of staff based in South Yorkshire have been instructed to self-isolate. This has exacerbated issues we were already experiencing in the region following an increase in the number of employees who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have had to enter a period of self-isolation.
“Many of these colleagues are drivers and conductors and, as such, we are left with no option but to cancel some services this week in the county.
“We are doing all we can to provide the best possible service for customers in extremely difficult circumstances and, where we are not able to run rail services, we aim to have placement buses on standby to get our customers where they need to be.”
Northern is also advising customers to expect busier services on some routes this weekend as York hosts the Ebor race meeting and the Tramlines music festival takes place in Sheffield.
The rail operator is asking those planning to travel over the weekend to think carefully about their journeys and to check train times carefully before they set off.
Tony added: “With such popular events taking place this weekend, we know many people will be using our services to join the festivities. We’ll run as many services as we can and, where possible, will provide additional carriages on busier routes. But we need our customers to help by planning ahead and allowing additional time for journeys.”