Mark Hopwood said: “We are going to be using a reduced service from Monday [March 23] but, we are really focusing on the people who need to use it [which are] the key workers.
“And, of course the Government have issued advice which is not to travel unless it is essential.
“Clearly we ask people to bear that in mind.”
In a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19 – SWR are asking all staff, who may be displaying symptoms, to stay at home and self-isolate for up to 14 days.
By reducing services, bosses at SWR are hoping that they can provide a reliable timetable for passengers who work in professions like healthcare, police, ambulance and fire services.
Passengers should also be aware that there will be alterations to services such as last- minute cancellations which may occur if staff are unavailable.
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