Trains operators across Britain will gradually reduce services from Monday, amid falling demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The government said it had agreed the plan with the rail industry to reflect the fall in passenger numbers, while keeping vital services running.

Operators will still run core services to ensure key workers can get to their jobs and the flow of goods continues.

It comes after the PM said people should avoid “non-essential” travel.

Train operators across the country had already begun cancelling services because of staff being off sick or self-isolating and a collapse in demand.

And Transport for London has announced up to 40 Underground stations will be shut until further notice, while bus services will be reduced.

Buses in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester are also among those to be cutting services.

Waterloo Station at rush hour
Image captionThere were few passengers in Waterloo Railway Station during the morning rush hour earlier this week

The reductions to services will be keep under review, with operators communicating any changes with passengers, the Department for Transport said.

To minimise disruption, services will be reduced progressively, but over the longer term, the department said there would be “a gradual move towards introducing reduced services on wide parts of the network”.

The plan will also ensure people can travel to medical appointments and key freight services can continue to ship vital goods where they are needed, it added.

Source: BBC News

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