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Cyrana Fri 24-Jul-20 07:12:12

I made a short train journey of 8 mins last week. Hardly anyone wearing a mask. Would like to make a longer journey of an hour, but feel unsure. Am 74 with moderate COPD. Any thoughts ......anyone?

Nannan2 Sat 25-Jul-20 13:16:48

I doubt theyll be booking in two different people in seats together who are not travelling together(& therefore booking together) as they have to 'space out' the passengers dont they?

Nannan2 Sat 25-Jul-20 13:17:33

Meant therefore NOT booking)

Kim19 Sat 25-Jul-20 13:26:19

G65, thanks. Never thought of booking two seats together but, as Nannan says, I had assumed adjacent seats would be left empty. Must check this out too.

Clairefontaine Sat 25-Jul-20 14:06:54

We made a 3 1/2 hour journey Euston to Oxenholme a week ago to see our daughter who was recovering from an operation. We had not seen her since New Year and were keen to spend a couple of days with her.. Although nervous about the journey, we were pleasantly surprised. We had booked seats and were glad to learn that all the aisle seats were to be left empty so spacing was good. Equipped with disinfectant, gloves, masks and visors , we had a pleasant journey both ways. Masks were mandatory, even before the legal date.

I second what others said about wiping down surfaces again (we had a table ) but also suggest you avoid travel on Fridays and Sundays. We returned on Monday and the train was only 10% full.

If you choose to travel, take all the precautions. It is also worth investing in a visor to add to the mask.

Clairefontaine Sat 25-Jul-20 14:17:16

Regarding seating: family groupings of 4 were not allowed to sit together. Couples had to split up, one( window seat) in each set of double seats. This was necessary to allow the aisle seats to remain empty so people could walk up and down aisles and retain some distancing from others.

Consequently, even the 4seaters only had a maximum of two people sitting opposite each other on window seats, and they had to be on the same family. This is what we did.

GrandmaMoira Sat 25-Jul-20 15:08:59

I travelled a short distance on a local train recently and was disappointed that out of the other 5 people who got on at my station, only one wore a mask. The return trip was much the same. Everyone is wearing a mask in the shops here but the very few train passengers were much further apart than shoppers are.
I have to travel to central London for a hospital appointment next week so hope it is not too busy. It's a local suburban route so can't be booked.

Susieq62 Sat 25-Jul-20 16:30:19

We travelled by train yesterday to Leeds and it was fine! Everyone in masks, distanced, clean carriages and it felt safe. I say just go for it

Thecatshatontgemat Sat 25-Jul-20 17:36:59

As a cyclist, l get often stuck at the gates with trains crossing, and am still constantly amazed at nearly every carriage being empty. There is the odd person here and there, and time-wise, it's usually late morning to mid afternoon when l cross the tracks.
With that in mind, perhaps it's not so terrifying being on a train, as l first thought.
I am in West Sussex, so if l needed to, l would not be too scared to travel thus. For the biggest danger seems to be surfaces, door handles, hand rails etc.
Basically, it's your call, but at the times mentioned above, it would seem to be eminently do-able.

oodles Sat 25-Jul-20 20:35:43

Both my son and I have made long journeys recently because of visiting mum / grandma who is not at all well. Both coming from different places. There were fewer trains, and you have to have a reservation on LNER, you can do it on line and you can change them if done in enough time and there is space . But the trains were so much quieter everyone was masked and they were on time. Both journeys were not at usually busy times though

Arsenalpe Sat 01-Aug-20 13:36:49

I travel one hour journey by train to go to my hometown. I am really afraid of the crowd on the train. After I went home I am self quarantines until 2 weeks. I have no health issues. Then I come outside. Thank god.