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South west's busiest rail routes revealed

South west's busiest rail routes revealed

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:00am 28th June 2020.

The south west's busiest rail routes have been revealed, with two of the top five being in Cornwall.

Great Western Railway (GWR) is reminding people to avoid peak times where possible, that customers need to wear a face covering when travelling and strongly advises wearing them in other parts of the network.

Suburban branch lines are proving to be the most in demand, with passenger numbers increasing by 50% compared to two weeks ago.

The new data comes as train operators predict an increase in passenger numbers.

The top five routes in the south west:

  1. Paignton to Exmouth
  2. Cornish mainline, Plymouth to Penzance 
  3. Bristol to Taunton 
  4. Falmouth branch line, Falmouth Docks to Truro
  5. North Downs Line

GWR is asking customers to do all they can to follow social distancing guidance and acknowledges that this is difficult on public transport. 

The train operator is asking customers to:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Plan ahead – check train times in advance
  • Avoid peak travel times
  • Buy tickets online, on Smart card or download to a mobile device

To minimise risks customers are also asked to wash their hands prior to and after their journey, and hand-sanitiser has been made available at GWR’s main stations. To help those who do need to travel avoid contact, food and drink will not be sold on board.

“We are doing everything we can to carry as many people, safely, as we can. 

“But please do help us by planning ahead, travelling, where possible, at quieter times, and wear a face covering to keep yourself and our staff safe. It is also important to remember that not everyone is able to wear a face covering for health or other reasons, and those reasons aren’t always visible, so please be considerate to others travelling.”

GWR Interim Managing Director, Matthew Golton

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