Covid-19 Business Support

Are you a Cornish business in need of guidance and advice on how reopening post COVID 19 will affect you? Business Regulatory Support are here to help you open your business, as quickly as possible, once restrictions allow and in a safe and compliant way.

We have produced guidance which includes up to date information from Government, specifically for all business sectors. This will ensure you get the information YOU need. We also have a series of webinars to talk you through the changes and also invite any questions you may have.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS. The government has published staying safe outside your home (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home) for guidance on what the new rules will mean. This page sets out key FAQ to inform the public and help you prepare for these changes. This guidance applies in England – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

UPDATE FROM GWR & COVID-19 TIMETABLE CHANGES

You may have seen the announcement made by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today (12 May) about a phased return to work, if not I thought it might be helpful to share the media release issued by the Department for Transport here

It’s clear that whilst the lockdown is starting to ease, advice for customers remains to avoid travelling by train wherever possible. With people who absolutely need to go to work encouraged to travel by car, cycle or to walk where they can. Social distancing will mean that trains can carry a fraction of the usual number of passengers and people are being urged only to go by train if it cannot be avoided. 

That said, we have been working with industry partners, with the Department for Transport and with stakeholders so that we are ready to start uplifting capacity and service levels.  We will have an amended timetable in place from next Monday (18 May) as we have been asked to be Government. This is now shown in online journey planners.  There will be further staged increases responding to the easement of lockdown as things go forward. 

Customers will still need to check the timetable weekly for a bit longer as we continue to accommodate infrastructure improvement work and may also add further services in the light of changes to government guidance for our customers.  We are working to improve this, and I will keep you up to date on progress.   Our advice and messages for customers will support the need for customers to stay alert and continue to be aware of the need for social distancing and consideration of others when travelling by train. 

We will be monitoring demand over the next few weeks and working with the DfT and industry colleagues to assess the need for further options to help manage demand. This might include measures to limit numbers on board services. We will make sure you are kept updated on this, and we would welcome any local insight that you might have on the timetable or the operation of services. 

We understand the importance of rail to restarting the economy and our teams are working hard to make sure we deliver a robust, reliable service that is as safe as possible in these difficult times.  

Thank you for your kind messages of support to date, we will keep you informed and happy to hear from you if you have any suggestions for improvement.  

Best regards

Matthew

Matthew Golton | Interim Managing Director | Great Western Railway
Milford House | 1 Milford Street | Swindon | SN1 1HL