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Transport For Wales Back Welsh Government Essential Travel Message

 

Transport for Wales released a statement on their website yesterday, reinforcing the Welsh Government's message that people in Wales should only make essential journeys during the current "Firebreak Lockdown".

The measures, designed to help slow the spread of coronavirus in Wales, came into effect from 6pm yesterday, and will be in place until the 23rd November. During this period there will also be restrictions on all travel in Wales and people should only travel if their journey is essential. 

In their statement backing the Welsh Government's methods, TfW said:

"TfW is advising public transport users that if they do need to travel, then to regularly check timetables as there will be reduced rail services.  

"However, rail services from Wales to England or those operated by TfW in England will not change. 

"TfW is also asking rail customers who need to make an essential journey between Wales and England to remember that different guidance is in place in the different countries within the UK, and this must be followed."

Regarding the restrictions and TfW's backing of the Welsh Government's messages, James Price, CEO of the company said:

“The safety of our customers and colleagues is our top priority at Transport for Wales and we fully support Welsh Government in their restrictions to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. 

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“During the restriction period, public transport will be for essential travel only and we’ll be running fewer services.” 

Other restrictions in place during the Firebreak include a ban on supermarkets selling non-essential items such as books and clothes, with Wales First Minster, Mark Drakeford, saying the decision was made because of the "need for fair play".

The First Minister elaborated:

"I'm not prepared to treat small businesses in Wales in one way, requiring them to close - they are not able to earn a living during these two weeks, as part of our national efforts - and then simply because another sector in society are more powerful, are bigger, that they think that they can be treated differently.

"It is a straightforward matter of fairness, we are in this together here in Wales.

"No individual and no organisation is above the effort that we are all required to make."

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