Eagle Radio {%endif%}

Eagle Radio


Find Out More
Find Out More
Step One Finance sponsors Eagle Radio local news

Advice for those needing to use the trains in Surrey and Hampshire

3 minute read
Advice for those needing to use the trains in Surrey and Hampshire

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:43pm 26th May 2020.

Train operators in our area have been reiterating the government's message to avoid using public transport wherever possible.

Official guidance says you should stay at home as much as possible and instead try to walk, cycle, or drive to your destination when making only essential journeys.

Advice has also been shared for those needing to use services as people who cannot work from home have been returning to work.

Guildford train station 1
We're told to consider all other forms of transport before using public transport.

Passengers are urged to keep their distance , remaining 2 metres apart from others whenever possible, and to use face coverings.

South Western Railway's advice includes choosing to travel at quieter times of day, with the operator adding that queuing systems may be needed to maintain social distancing during busy periods.

Buying tickets online will reduce the level of contact between passengers and station staff, with ticket offices only currently accepting card payments and not cash.

We are also being reminded to wash our hands often and consider carrying hand sanitiser when travelling.

SWR says they are paying "particular attention to commonly touched surfaces such as ticket machines, grab handles, stair handrails and door buttons" when cleaning stations and trains.

Meanwhile, Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs services including Southern which operate in our area, has added the treating of surfaces with "a powerful new viruscide" to its cleaning programme.

They claim it can kill the coronavirus for up to 30 days.

In a statement GTR said:

“We are now using a product that will kill Coronavirus for up to 30 days and we are applying this to surfaces across our network on a 21-day cycle.

"We want to do everything possible to work with passengers and staff to keep them safe and this will further protect everyone who is working so hard for this country.”

Govia Thameslink Coronavirus