Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern trains, is reminding schoolchildren and college students to travel safely in the new academic year.
Top tips for safer travel include:
- Wear a face covering
- Wash or sanitise your hands before and after each journey
- Use our pay-as-you-go KeyGo smartcard to ‘tap in, tap out’ or buy your ticket online ahead of travel
Plan ahead and check before you travel:
– we list busy stations and trains on our websites and highlight our busiest trains in the nationalrail.co.uk journey plann
– sign up for personalised journey alerts ‘Alert Me’ at nationalrail.co.uk
- Consider others – remember some people are exempt from face coverings and not all disabilities are visible
- Maintain your social distance wherever possible
GTR added hundreds more trains to its daily schedule, primarily for commuters, in July and will now be providing some additional trains, further stops and longer services in key areas from September 7, to coincide with the start of the new academic year. These changes came after GTR contacted over 600 schools and colleges from across its network in a bid to understand their requirements.
Chief operating officer Steve White said: “Our team are looking forward to welcoming passengers back on our railway.
“After extensive discussion with schools and colleges our latest timetable better meets the needs of students as they return for the new academic year. The pay-as-you-go feature of the Key smartcard (KeyGo) will also be able to accept students’ railcards across the network. These improvements will help students and commuters avoid the need to queue for tickets.
“Please remember: you must wear a face covering and you should always wash or sanitise your hands before, and after, every journey. Use contactless, plan ahead and check our websites to see which trains are highlighted as busy.”
Extra staff will be on hand to help and, as part of GTR’s travel safely pledge, Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern have a range of social distancing measures in place and an enhanced cleaning regime at stations and on trains as well as 1,000 touch-free hand sanitisers.
GTR are planning to deliver more improvements in December.