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Train Operating Companies: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL2552, tabled on 8 September 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to instruct Train Operating Companies to restore services and facilities (1) cut, or (2) reduced, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to reflect the increasing numbers of passengers using the remaining services; and when they intend to issue any such instructions.

Answered on

15 September 2021

The industry continues to adjust service levels to anticipate changes in passenger demand, which is currently at around 60 per cent of pre-COVID journeys. Train operating companies are already providing approximately 85 per cent of pre-pandemic service levels. We are working closely with operators and Network Rail to ensure that service levels remain appropriate to expected demand, whilst prioritising the good performance passengers need, and delivering good value for the taxpayer.