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UK: Passengers face train cancellations amidst rapid spread of Omicron

UK: Passengers face train cancellations amidst rapid spread of Omicron
UK: Passengers face train cancellations amidst rapid spread of Omicron

With the final working week before Christmas, rail passengers across Britain are reportedly facing widescale train cancellations, with the blame being put on the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.

Great Western Railway (GRW), which operates from the Paddington station in central London to the West of England and South Wales, has reportedly told its passengers that much of its staff is unavailable due to being tested positive for Covid and self-isolating, and is accordingly taking the required steps in maintaining the service level across its network.

Another train operator, ScotRail, which majorly operates within Scotland, has warned that due to a shortage of crew, suffering from Covid-19 related illnesses, it will be running an amended service on various routes of its network.

Major long-distance operators, such as CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast, and LNER, have also announced the cancellation of their services due to staff shortage.

In fact, CrossCountry has already put out a warning that trains on its network might start late, or finish early, than its original course, and that in order to provide a more reliable timetable, many trains might also face cancellation throughout the day.

Along with that, many trains are also being canceled because of the lesser number of passengers.

Greater Anglia, which operates in England connecting London with various counties such as Cambridge, Suffolk, Essex, and Norfolk, has reportedly taken down many weekday services starting from 20th December as people follow the advice to work from home, causing a fall in the number of passengers.

TransPennine Express, on the other hand, has blamed industry-related disputes for its cancellations, saying that the network may suffer from delays or short-notice cancellations because of a lack of crew amidst a dispute.

Earlier this month, during a briefing at Downing Street in London, Dr. Nikki Kahani, Medical Director of Primary Care, NHS England, had stated that for essential workers to travel safely, trains operating in the UK will be needed to be as empty as possible.

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