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HART - Timetable changes and other updates
 
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HART - Timetable changes and other updates


In this edition:
  • Timetable changes from Mon 6 July
  • Government and Rail industry messaging
  • Other news - busy trains and mandatory face coverings
  • Other issues
Timetable changes from Mon 6 July

From Mon 6 July additional services are being added, bringing the overall level up to 87% of the full weekday timetable across GN / TL and Southern.

The main change locally is that the Monday - Friday Moorgate service will increase through most of the day from 2 trains per hour to 4tph.

However one train, which had been running, has disappeared - the 05:05 Hatfield to Kings Cross. That leaves a big gap in service for early commuters / shift-workers, and we have asked that this be reviewed urgently.

 
 
There will be some additional faster services along the line, which won't be stopping at Hatfield, but will relieve pressure on our Kings Cross trains, as passenger numbers increase further.

As the timetable is still based on a Saturday service, the semi-fast peak WGC trains will not be running for now. We have asked when TL anticipate reintroducing them, as they help reduce the need for changing trains at Finsbury Park, which is likely to get busy as more people re-start their commutes. We will let you know if we get any positive information on this.

 
If you have been travelling, please do re-check your journey, as timings and calling patterns of some individual trains are changing to accommodate the additional services.

Timetables have been uploaded to the GN/TL websites:


https://www.greatnorthernrail.com/travel-information/plan-your-journey/coronavirus-information/revised-timetable

We would still advise checking journey planners shortly prior to each journey, as there may be alterations due to engineering work or other service disruptions.

If the timetable changes and/or service gaps create issues for your journey, do let us know, so we can raise these with GN/TL.

Government and Rail industry messaging

Since the regulation effectively restricting use of trains to key workers was dropped, the government and rail industry have still been discouraging travel, unless the journey is "necessary" and cannot be made by another form of transport.

This has been understandable, as capacity with social distancing is very restricted and trains could have been over-whelmed.

Now that face coverings are mandatory for most passengers and the government has moved to "1 metre plus", we anticipate that the messaging discouraging travel will be softened - particularly for off-peak travel.

It is likely that they will want to see how passenger numbers increase, following the re-opening of further business this weekend, but hopefully within a few days, the government will feel confident that they can relax the messaging.


At present many of our trains are running with only a handful of passengers and there is scope for considerable more usage, without causing over-crowding.

If there is revised guidance, it will be updated here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

 
Other news

Busy trains

It is not showing clearly at present, as every train is flagged with a note regarding the changing timetable, but GN/TL are uploading information into journey planners regarding individual trains which are expected to be busy. It shows on National Rail Enquiries and the GN/TL journey planners and is possibly visible on others too. (Apologies for the quality of the image below, but it is a screenshot of a screenshot!)

At present there are not a large number of these busy trains and usually the ones either side have more room, but this will evolve as more people travel.

Mandatory face coverings

We understand that generally there is good compliance with the regulations on our services.

Some passengers are exempt for medical and other reasons. There is no requirement to be able to prove exemption, but GN/TL and other organisations have produced cards that passengers can carry, if they wish.

The GN/TL one can be downloaded here:


https://www.greatnorthernrail.com/travel-information/travel-help/assisted-travel/support-whilst-travelling 

Where there are repeated reports of fewer passengers than anticipated wearing them, it is likely that the BTP will have an increased presence to remind passengers and/or enforce the regulations.

The wording of the regulations can be found here:


https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/592/contents/made

Other issues


We will provide updates on some other issues within the next 2-3 weeks, but wanted to get this out today, so that you were aware of the timetable changes coming this week.

We continue to work on a wide range of other topics - impacting trains, the station and information provision.

In the meantime, if you have an issue where you think we can assist, please let us know - by email or via Twitter.

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Please let other station users know of our existence and encourage them to join our mailing list and/or follow us on Twitter. We update the Twitter feed on our website with news items etc in between newsletters.

Do let us have details of any other issues and concerns and we will assist in raising them in an appropriate forum.

Help please! - in order to maximise our impact in matters effecting you, we need further volunteers - even a small amount of time would help e.g. info stands at the station, contributing to these newsletters, updating info on our website etc. You can contact us on committee@hatfieldrail.com.

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