Reduced train timetable for Great Northern services

Staff shortages caused by latest Covid-19 wave blamed for service reductions, reports James Cracknell

A Great Northern train at Crews Hill
A Great Northern train at Crews Hill

Great Northern train services on the Hertford Loop line through Enfield are being reduced from tomorrow (Tuesday 4th) because so many staff are ill with Covid-19.

A new temporary timetable has been introduced for the line, with two trains per hour stopping on weekdays at local stations including Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill, Enfield Chase and Gordon Hill, until further notice.

The changes are being made in response to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, which has led to significantly increased staff sickness in recent weeks, as seen across the rail industry. Govia Thameslink, which operates Great Northern Railway, claims a reduced timetable will help ensure a more reliable service and less last-minute cancellations.

There are no planned changes for weekends, but Govia Thameslink warns it may still be necessary to make smaller, additional on-the-day changes.

Angie Doll, Govia Thameslink Railway’s interim chief operating officer, said: “Due to the significant challenges we face with Covid now affecting many of our colleagues, we have taken the decision to operate a reduced train timetable from January. We’re really sorry if this does affect your journey.

“While many more people are now working from home again, we’re fully focussed on proving a service that passengers can rely on if they need to travel. We’d strongly urge people to check before they travel for the latest information and to leave extra time.”