Rail Update From GWR


Dear Henley Herald Readers,

We promised to keep you up to date as we work to support customers returning to work and making leisure journeys by rail and thought you might therefore like to see the recent film made by our interim Managing Director Matthew Golton which you can view, and share, on https://youtu.be/ipztLJQ41l0.

The film has been created along with a media release about travelling safely over the summer, which you can read here https://www.gwr.com/about-us/media-centre/news/2020/august/lets-travel-safely-this-summer.

As the release notes, we have identified services that are used by high numbers of school students. These will all be operational by the end of August so that we are ready for students and pupils when term starts.   There will then be a further increase in services from Monday 14 September.  This will bring weekday services back to 94% of our December 19 timetable, Saturday services back to 90%, and Sundays back to 76% of our planned May 20 timetable.

We have also proposed two new flexible season tickets to the Department for Transport, one that would allow travel on any three days in seven and the other that would allow any 12 days in 28. This will support those commuters and business travellers who want to combine working from home with working in the office.  We will update you when we have news on this.

Thank you again for the messages of support and for your understanding as we work to get back to full strength.  It is so good to be able to report to our staff that their efforts are appreciated and we remain fully committed to providing the best possible service to support both business and leisure customers.