DECEMBER CHANGES MUTED BY COVID

There are some timetable improvements coming in December to lighten the gloom, reports JAMES ABBOTT

Covid has dominated the timetable planning year: at first, services were kept up for key workers, then there was some pruning to reflect decreased demand. Things settled down in the summer with the number of seats provided usually well in excess of the number required, in order to allow social distancing. Now it is all up in the air, with whispers that December will see pruning again in the light of the number of local lockdowns in place and consequent reduced travel.

Running more trains than pre-Covid: TfL Rail. No 345008 arrives at Stratford with the 16.47 Liverpool Street to Shenfield service on 25 June 2018.
Philip Sherratt

In this strange year, our usual seasonal timetable review is more tentative than normal. Most train operating companies (TOCs) are planning little change to the schedules in place in September, but last-minute changes cannot be ruled out.

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