Coronavirus: Hull Trains axes all services amid outbreak

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Hull Trains has axed all its services due to the “unprecedented circumstances” amid the coronavirus pandemic.The firm said passenger numbers had “dropped significantly” since the govt lockdown came into force.

Managing director Louise Cheeseman, said it had been a difficult decision, but one which was necessary to safeguard the longer term of the business.There will no service from Monday until the pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Hull Trains, thought to be Britain’s smallest train company and employs about 130 staff, says it’s not been offered additional support from the govt , which franchised rail operators have.Union bosses have told the firm they expect the firm’s workers’ wages to be guaranteed “at 100%”.

Ms Cheeseman said: “We have explored every avenue to undertake and keep trains running, but sadly it’s not currently financially viable to run our services.”We fully shall resume operations as soon as we will .”

She said she hoped “our passengers” would understand the choice following what has been “a very difficult week”.

“The move protects the long-term way forward for Hull Trains and our people’s jobs, which is vital because it will allow us to reinstate operations quickly when possible,” she added.

Mick Cash, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, said: “This decision affects 130 rail staff round the Hull area and that they must be treated as an absolute priority.

“We expect the corporate and therefore the government to ensure wages at 100% and not some reduced rate and that we also expect jobs, service, pensions and conditions for these rail staff to be fully protected throughout this crisis.”

Source: BBC NEWS

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