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EMR announces plan to trim train timetable in response to Covid pressures

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East Midlands Railway have today announced plans to trim regional timetables in response to ‘Covid pressures’.

The train firm said they will make a small reduction to some timetables from Monday, January 17, following higher staff absence rates and a decrease in customer demand.

The following changes will impact services at Carlton and Burton Joyce:

The 1208 Crewe to Newark Castle will not run between Derby and Newark Castle.

The 1436 Newark Castle to Crewe will not run between Newark Castle and Derby.

Train services on this route will not run on Sunday, this is a continuation of the revised Sunday timetable which has been in operation throughout most of 2021.

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EMR says the changes have been introduced because it is experiencing high levels of Covid-related absence among its workforce and that advice to work from home means passenger demand is also very low.

The timetable changes will see a reduction in EMR services of approximately 4 per cent – with the most popular services remaining unaffected.

Paul Barnfield, Operations Director at East Midlands Railway, said: This small reduction is intended to provide a reliable service as well as ensuring there is still enough capacity for those who are still travelling.

“These changes will be kept under daily review and we will make alterations if and when needed. In the meantime, I would ask our customers to check their journey before travelling by visiting our website, www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk.”

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