With the bank holiday coming up, train operator GWR is reminding customers to avoid travelling by travel, and to only use the services if really necessary, freeing up space for essential journeys across Cornwall and Devon.

GWR interim managing director Matthew Golton said: “With social distancing guidance in place we are able to carry as little as a tenth of the usual number of passengers, and customers are not yet able to use trains as freely as they once did.

“We are doing everything we can to carry as many people, safely, as we can. This will make sure that those who absolutely need to travel by train can do so. But I must ask you, is your journey really necessary?”

To allow people who have to travel the best opportunity to do so safely, GWR is asking customers to consider if their journey is really necessary and to not use trains for leisure purposes or for their daily exercise.

The company is doing everything it can to enable social distancing to be adhered at stations and on board, but warns that it may not be possible at all points throughout a journey.

Despite the train operator increasing the number of services in accordance with the government’s easement strategy, even if GWR was to return to their pre-lockdown timetable, only a fraction of travellers would be able to safely socially distance once on board.