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Urgent ‘do not travel’ warning for these South Yorkshire train routes

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A train operator has urged customers to refrain from travelling on a number of routes this weekend as it faces staff shortage because of coronavirus.

Northern already cancelled a number of routes in and out of Sheffield on July 16 after conductors and drivers were either diagnosed with Covid-19 or asked to self-isolate following Track and Trace notifications.

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The operators said the situation has since worsened as bus operators, who would normally provide replacement transport, are facing similar problems.

As a result, there will be no service at all between Sheffield and Leeds via Moorthorpe and between Sheffield and York via Moorthorpe on July 17.

All services between Sheffield and Lincoln, via Worksop, Retford and Gainsborough are cancelled, with no rail replacement transport until at least 10am.

Regional director at Northern, Chris Jackson, said: “We were already expecting this weekend to be difficult because of the impact of coronavirus, but the number of staff affected in South Yorkshire has risen significantly and, with bus companies also impacted, we’ve had to take the difficult decision to cancel all services on some routes in South Yorkshire on Saturday.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly and, in doing so, we’ve had to balance the demand for services with our realistic ability to provide a reliable and punctual service for our customers.”

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He added: “At the moment, we are still planning for Sunday and hope to run more services, albeit with a risk of short notice cancellations, but our message for Saturday on the affected routes is ‘do not travel’.”

Up-to-the-minute details of Northern’s services can be found via the rail operator’s journey planner.

To get the latest email updates from South Yorkshire Live, click here .

Written by: Rother Radio News


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