Railways: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th April 2020.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, what steps they are taking to ensure the continued operation of open-access passenger operators following the reduction in the number of rail passengers as a result of COVID-19; whether such steps include financial support to such operators; and if so, how much funding they intend to provide.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government fully understands that open-access passenger operators are suffering from significant financial pressures as a result in the decline of passenger numbers in recent weeks. The Government has already made available a wide range of substantial measures to support businesses across the economy. The Government is continuing to actively engage with open-access passenger operators on the specifics of their situations.

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