North warns of train disruptions – because drivers are self-isolating


PASSENGERS are warned to expect disruption to northern rail services between York and South Yorkshire tomorrow – as drivers and conductors must self-isolate.

The rail operator is asking customers not to attempt to travel on the routes between Sheffield and York, Leeds and Sheffield via Dearne, and Doncaster and Leeds.

Northern announced several cancellations on routes to and from Sheffield on Friday after scores of drivers and drivers were diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to self-isolate following Track and Trace notifications.

The situation continued to worsen with bus operators, who would normally provide replacement transport, facing similar problems.

Chris Jackson, Regional Manager for Northern, said: “We have already seen cancellations on Saturday and had to tell customers on some routes not to travel.

“We were hoping to be able to operate more services on Sunday, but the situation has not improved and we have no choice but to issue the same warning for Sunday.

“This was not a decision we took lightly and in doing so we had to balance the demand for services with our realistic ability to provide reliable and on-time service to our clients. ”

Although South Yorkshire is the most severely affected region, short-term cancellations and schedule changes are possible on Sunday on all routes in the Northern network.

The most recent information on Northern services is available through the rail operator’s trip planner at Northernrailway.co.uk/voyage-planner or National Rail inquires about nationalrail.co.uk.


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