In the space of just a week, hundreds of thousands are thought to have caught the coronavirus which has seriously impacted train services.
Rail leaders across the UK are considering cutting services due to “pingdemic” which has seen most of the staff members self-isolating. In an effort to combat serious shortages in staff, train service providers will introduce a number of changes.
In order to run “a more reliable and consistent timetable for passengers”, London Northwestern Railway will begin to reduce services from this weekend. Meanwhile, Transport for London announced that it would cut train services after more than 300 staff members were “pinged” by the NHS` test and trace.
Avanti West Coast also announced that they would offer fewer services adjusting their weekday timetable on five routes starting Monday.
Currently, the situation in the UK seems to have gotten out of hand with soaring cases, staff shortages due to the “pingdemic” and cutting off services.
Meanwhile, UK charities are warning of a spike in youth violence this summer, prompted by the lockdowns, inconsistent education, and mental health issues.
Youth worker Kayeligh Wainwright told The Guardian: “In recent weeks some youth workers have said to me that lockdown, especially for young people already involved in gangs, has given them the opportunity to strategize and to think.
“Now lockdown has been lifted, we’re seeing this violence and conflict play out.”