England fans face widespread travel disruption tomorrow (July 11) on their way to and from the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
This is after multiple train lines have announced cancellations, a large portion of which are the result of a spike in staff self-isolating, according to the Telegraph.
Other issues include delays to one company’s driver training scheme caused by the pandemic and an agreement with trade unions which means that it is ‘voluntary’ for drivers to work on Sundays.
Unsurprisingly, many staff are also reported not to want to miss the final for work despite being offered a good overtime deal.
Govia Thameslink (GTR) is cutting 400 of its 2,200 services.
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Thameslink, Great Western, Southern, London Northwestern, and Greater Northern lines are all set to be hit by cancellations which could continue into Monday.
Southern announced that ‘a heavily reduced Thameslink service will run’ with the following services suspended:
- London Bridge – Crawley
- Kentish Town – Rainham
- Cambridge – Brighton
Great Western Railway said customers wishing to travel can choose to travel on alternative services immediately before or after their booked service or claim a full refund with no admin fee if their service is affected.
London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway cited a spike in staff self-isolating and delays to the company’s driver training scheme caused by the pandemic as the reasons for cancellations.
A spokesman for Govia Thameslink is advising passengers to check before they travel on Sunday.
They said: âWe are advising passengers to check before they travel this Sunday, especially in the evening, as unfortunately there may be limited services and short-notice cancellations.
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âSadly, like everyone across the country, coronavirus is directly affecting some colleagues and many more are self-isolating after being contacted through test and trace at the moment.
âAdditionally, with reduced services and the Euro 2020 football final on Sunday, there may be fewer trains available on key routes to get people home after watching the match.
âPlease plan ahead and don’t wait until the last train home. If you can, make alternative arrangements and keep services free for those who do need to use the railway. We’re really sorry for any inconvenience caused. â
A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents all train operators added: âWhile the vast majority of trains are running on Sunday, rail companies are asking people to check their journeys there and back before they travel and sign up for alerts as services may be changed or canceled on some routes.
âWe’re working hard to keep passengers on the move and minimize any disruption as an increasing number of our employees are being pinged by the NHS Test and Trace app and are being asked to self-isolate.â