Hull station boss warns ‘only use buses…

Hull station boss warns ‘only use buses and trains if essential’
2020-05-21 19:46:00
Bus and rail services at Hull Paragon Interchange should only be used to make essential journeys, the station's manager has said. Daniel Fox, manager at the TransPennine Express-run station, said less capacity meant seats needed to be saved for key workers and those making essential journeys. The manager added the station's waiting area remained closed and several seats had been taped off to comply with coronavirus social distancing rules. It comes as more bus and rail services resumed this week after the government eased lockdown restrictions and encouraged some to return to work if they could. Mr Fox said people should “really consider” if their journey is necessary before taking either the bus or the train. Hull's Paragon Interchange (Image: Lincolnshire Echo) Mr Fox said: “I would not discourage people from travelling if they really need to. That's why we're here. But people should really consider if they need to travel on public transport, they should take that decision more seriously than they may have done before. “I wouldn't encourage people to take a day trip because the weather is nice. The train you're using might be one that a doctor needs to get to work, we don't have the capacity at the moment. “Trains have some of their seats taped off and there's a maximum of 20 people allowed per carriage. “If you do plan on travelling then please keep your distance from others, treat our staff with respect and be patient because things will take a bit longer than they usually do.” Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now Mr Fox said there had not been a large increase in the number of travellers using the station since more services resumed earlier this week. The manager added they were monitoring passenger numbers in real time but that the situation was changeable. Mr Fox said: “This has been a steep learning curve for us and the industry. We've had to put plans in place very quickly. “To make up for less capacity we're running train services more frequently. Services to Leeds and Manchester are now hourly. “East Yorkshire Buses and Stagecoach have put measures in place on them, and we've displayed more information in the waiting area for passengers. “We're working closely with Hull City Council on buses because passengers' needs are different to those on trains. Find traffic and travel updates in your area “We haven't seen a big increase in

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